The FY16 appropriations cycle stands out from previous years because neither the Interior Subcommittee or full Appropriations Committee recommended a cut to the NEA. Also, this is the first time since 2011 that the House is following regular order and considering this appropriations bill. This normal procedure allows lawmakers to debate and vote on the bill and is an important opportunity for you to speak up and advocate for the arts.
You can help sustain NEA funding
Your participation is essential to warding off threats to funding. Contact your Representatives today and urge them to oppose any efforts to decrease NEA funding. Tell them about the importance of the NEA for encouraging public knowledge, education, understanding, and appreciation for the arts in America.
Make it personal!
When you write to your Representatives, tell them about your organization and/or a project that has received an NEA or state arts council grant. Explain how that support has helped your organization serve your community, and ask your Representative to share this in a speech on the House floor. Take action today and speak up for the NEA!