Advocacy ToolKit: #SaveTheArts
May 24:Â The Trump administration released its complete budget request for FY 2018 on May 23. Â The proposal retains Trump's request to terminate the federal cultural grant-making institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Â Also slated for elimination are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Â Assistance for Arts Education.
The White House does not determine how federal dollars are spent. Â Congress has the responsibility to fund programs and agencies. You can send emails, call, and use social media to contact your legislators about stopping these proposed cuts today.
May 12:Â Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on the FY2017 spending bill that not only maintains federal arts funding, it carriesÂ increases of nearly $2 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, making their proposed line items $150 million each. Read more on our blog.Â
March 28: The Administration sent a new, detailed proposal outlining $18 billion in cuts in theÂ current budget yearÂ -Â FY 2017.Â The Administration calls for aÂ $15 million cut to the NEAÂ and an equal, proposed cut of $15 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities. This proposal, if approved, would reduce their respective budgets from $148 million to $133 million for FY 2017.
On Thursday, March 16,Â the White House officially announced plans to eliminate federal funding for arts and culture, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), for FY 2018.
This is the first American president in history to propose zeroing out all funding for the nationâs federal cultural agencies. That's not all: the White House is also proposing to privatize theÂ Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eliminate funding for 49 National Historic Sites. Find more about whatâs at stake below.
Your actions will make a difference! Here are five action steps you can take right now:
1. Call your representatives: Calling your legislators is the most effective way to reach them. Use our phone script to urge your representatives to not eliminate federal funding for the arts.
3. Post on social media: Check out our social media toolkit below for suggested tweets and #SaveTheArts graphics.
4. Sign up for arts advocacy alerts for more updates as this budget is debated by Congress in the coming weeks.
5. Donate to support our advocacy efforts with a monthly or one-time donation.
Your support is critical in the coming weeks as Congress develops the federal budget. Please stay tuned for updates as the budget process and our response to it evolve. Every one of us must speak out against these proposed cuts - make your voice loud, and be heard!. With your help, we can ensure that the arts remain accessible and affordable for all.Â
Below is a chart that containsÂ theÂ White House budget requestsÂ forÂ theÂ cultural agencies. Â
The White House continues its recommendation to eliminate the nationâs key federal cultural agencies for the arts, humanities, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting by allocating the minimal amountÂ âfor expenses necessary to carry out their closure.âÂ The budget proposal also eliminates important arts education and afterschool grant programs.
Source: Americans for the ArtsÂ
Philly.com, April 6:Â Arts groups fight Trump's proposed budget cuts
New York Times, March 24:Â If You Like the Arts, Save the N.E.A., Advocates Tell Lawmakers
Philly.com, March 24:Â Here's what's at stake for Philly arts and culture if the NEA and other agencies get axed
Philly.com, March 24:Â Commentary: Philly arts leaders urge support for NEAÂ
Washington Post, March 22:Â Mike Huckabee: A conservative plea for the National Endowment for the Arts
Philadelphia Business Journal, March 16:Â Cultural Alliance: Cutting arts & humanities endowments would put 'great pressure upon the business community'
New York Times, March 15:Â Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
Social media is a simple and effective method for reinforcing our message to elected officials. Below youâll find graphics to share, a printable to show why you support the arts, and suggested language for social media posts. Make sure to tag your representatives in your messages:
Click the thumbnails below for larger versions you can save.Â
Facebook Profile Photo/Twitter Profile Photo/Instagram:Â
Support federal funding for the arts, including the #IMLS #NEA #NEH #CPB #SaveTheArts #FedFundsMatter Tweet It!Â
America needs arts and humanities to be great!Â Keep #NEA #NEH #CPB #IMLS #SaveTheArtsÂ Tweet It!
The arts and culture sector is a $704 billion industry--4.2% of the nationâs GDP! #SaveTheArts #FedFundsMattersÂ Tweet It!Â
The arts generate 4.7 million American jobs and a trade surplus of $245 billion. #SaveTheArts #FedFundsMatter Tweet It!Â
NEA/NEH/CPB are a tiny fraction of federal spending â but leverage a great deal of other support for the arts #SaveTheArts #FedFundsMatter Tweet It!Â
Grants from NEA and NEH serve every congressional district. #SaveTheArts today! #FedFundsMatter Tweet It!
40% of NEA-supported activities take place in high-poverty neighborhoods. #SaveTheArtsÂ Tweet It!
In 2016, 55% of Americans favored doubling the NEAâs budget.Â #SaveTheArtsÂ Tweet It!
The arts are a $704 billion industry. Support the #NEH #NEA #IMLS and #CPB. #SaveTheArtsÂ Tweet It!
#NEA makes up a tiny fraction of the federal budget, yet its impact on art & culture is immense bit.ly/2l8uFP4Â #SaveTheArtsÂ Tweet It!
Click the image below to print out this PDF! Fill it out with why you love the arts and then takeÂ a photo with it to share on social. Be sure to tag @philculture and #SaveTheArts!Â
Don't have Twitter? Email us your photo atÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ and we'll share it!
Phone Script in Support of the NEA, NEH, IMLS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Hello! Thank you for taking my call. I'm a constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and I am calling to express my support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, theÂ Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I understand President Trump is considering eliminating the NEA and NEH, IMLS and privatizing our public broadcasting.
Do you know what [elected official]âs position is on this proposal?
Thank you. As a constituent, I hope that the [congressman/senator] will reject all attempts to terminate or reduce the size and scope of the NEA,Â NEH, IMLS and to privatize public broadcasting. These institutions create jobs, educate children, support arts learning at any age, and promote access to the arts in every community across America.Â
Thank you again for your time.