Advocacy Updates on National Endowment for the Arts
Federal decisions impact us locally.
This week The White House proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Library and Museum Services and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (and reduce funding to a whole lot of other agencies, as well).
This is not a done deal yet. Congress will weigh this proposal with their own priorities. Regardless of the budget amount, Congress would have to act for the agencies to be eliminated.
This is not just about arts and culture. This is about the economy, access, equity, community, history, and heritage. That means it's about everyone in this country, and everyone should care. We need your voice, and the voices of many others who care about Oklahoma’s and the country's, future.
The National Endowment for the Arts positively impacts Oklahoma.
Your voice matters!
There are many opportunities to save these valuable federal agencies. What can you do? Plenty to express your priorities to your elected officials, and we'll keep you in the loop. For now.
- Write a message to your elected representatives in US Congress today in this Arts Action Fund action alert.
- Use your social media channels to share this legislative alert. Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has established an Arts Mobilization Center for up to the minute info on the arts at the federal level.
- Share widely these great resources: Fact vs. Fiction: Government Arts Funding and Five Essential Arts Arguments.
- Statement from the National Endowment for the Arts on elimination.
- Follow Oklahomans for the Arts on Facebook and Twitter.
When reaching out to your members of the US Congress, please remember this is not a partisan issue. We have advocated for arts and culture through different administrations and elected leaders. The National Endowment for the Arts has had strong bipartisan support for much of its 50 years.
Emphasize arts and culture as a public good that has ripple effects in neighborhoods, local economies and education, like this article suggests.
Oklahoma Gazette: Local Impact! How Federal Decisions Affect Local Lives and Communities
Washington Post: Trump Federal Budget
Advocating for Other Federal Agencies:
Oklahomans for the Arts’ work focuses on the National Endowment for the Arts, but you can speak up for all these important federal agencies. Here are resources and entities to follow: