Arts Action Alert 2-22-17: Federal Funding Issues, updated

We are all in this together.  Now is the time to speak up for state and federal investment in the arts, creativity and community.

The day before the Presidential inauguration on January 20, an article in The Hill said that transition team advisors to the President were discussing elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

On Saturday, February 18, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration had moved farther along with their plans, adding agencies such as the Legal Services Corporation, White House Office of Drug Control Policy, and the Corporation for National and Community Service to the “to be eliminated” list (Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget).  More specific information will be available mid-March.

Advocates for the arts, creativity and community are now starting to mobilize in earnest here in Wisconsin and around the nation. What can and should you do to speak up to preserve federal investment in the arts and culture right now?  Plenty!

  1. Register today for Arts Day 2017 on Thursday, March 9, in Madison. Arts Day is all about speaking up for the power, benefit and impact of the arts and the critical importance of state and national investment. Now, more than ever, you need to be there.
  2. Make sure you, your colleagues, and your friends are signed up to receive Arts Wisconsin’s Arts Action Alerts.
  3. Americans for the Arts’ Arts Mobilization Center has up to the minute info on the arts and advocacy at the federal level.
  4. Sign AFTA’s Arts Action Fund petition and invite friends, colleagues and anyone who cares about Wisconsin’s future to do the same. This action helps arts advocates organize, and Americans for the Arts CEO Bob Lynch plans to present this Arts Action Fund petition to the President (you may have seen other petitions, but THIS is the one to sign).

It is our job as citizens and advocates to remind our elected representatives how public investment affects real people on the local level. Arts Wisconsin’s National Arts Issues Center has information on how support from the NEA, NEH, and CPB makes a big difference to the quality of life in Wisconsin.

Stay informed and stay involved.  For more information on how to be an active and well-informed arts advocate, call on Arts Wisconsin for resources, guidance, real facts and tools.  We are all in this together.  Now is the time to speak up for state and federal investment in the arts, creativity and community.

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