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Arts Groups Prepare to Push Back Against Funding Cuts

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Feb 17, 2017

A recent article in the NY Times highlighted national efforts by arts organizations to push back against impending threats to federal arts funding. According to the article, “as the news spread that the White House budget office had included the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities on a list of programs it was considering trying to eliminate, arts leaders at large and small organizations around the nation reacted with alarm — and began making plans to fight for their survival.”

The author highlights that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a dramatic impact on programs, jobs, and quality of life in all 50 states. “The N.E.A. has a big impact in the middle of the country — even more so, I suspect, than in urban areas where funding is more diversified,” said Martin Miller, the executive director of TheatreSquared, a regional theater in Fayetteville, Ark. “Losing the N.E.A. would mean that many smaller, mid-American arts companies couldn’t weather a recession…”

Organizations across the country have taken steps to advocate for the arts. The St. Louis Symphony drafted a letter to its board asking them to call their elected officials. The Louisville Orchestra in Kentucky is planning to send its staff to Arts Advocacy Day. Peter Gelb, of the Metropolitan Opera, used the company’s broadcast to highlight the importance of public radio.

Learn more about how arts organizations are battling against cuts to federal funding.

What is your organization doing?

Have you taken steps locally to advocate for the importance of the NEA or the arts? Tell us about your strategies, successes, and difficulties. Guild member stories will be highlighted in an upcoming issue of GuildNotes.
 

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