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Call to Action: Support the NEA

You may have heard in the news that the Trump Administration plans to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. ARTS NC is issuing the first Call to Action (rest assured, there will be more), “to alert our Congress and Senate about this very real threat.”

The following program is a template and will automatically send your message to the correct person according to your district. It will also get your name on the Arts Action network for future Call to Action alerts. You MAY, and we suggest you do, alter the body of the copy into a shorter, more concise statement of NEA support.

Call to Action Link: https://www.votervoice.net/ARTSUSA/Campaigns/47344/Respond

Some have suggested that early response on this issue could create advocacy fatigue. Not in North Carolina! We are ready to go on national issues, classroom size, North Carolina Arts Council funding, and any other issue that may arrive. We will not stop and we know you won’t as well until these issues are resolved. Thank you for being READY, WILLING, AND ABLE to stand for our values and to help make positive change for all our citizens.

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. They fund community programs in Dance, Literature, Music, and much more, as well as provide educational programs, awarding more than $30 million to arts projects nationwide.

Are the arts essential to civilization? Plenty of major historical figures have thought so:

“The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sus­tain and encour­age them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the rev­er­ence and delight which are their due.”
—Winston Churchill, 1938

Please consider using the link above to contact your government representatives.