The National Endowment for the Arts has been in the news a lot lately. The Saginaw Choral Society is an organization that directly benefits from the NEA which means you are in a community that also benefits from the support of the NEA. Want to learn more about the rumors about proposed funding? Creative Many puts the details in perspective…

For months we’ve heard rumors about proposed threats to completely eliminate funding for federal cultural agencies. This morning, those rumors became reality as the White House released its proposed FY2018 budget to Congress officially calling for the elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Additionally, the Trump Administration also called for zeroing out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Institute for Library Services (IMLS). For the first time in American history, the President of the United States has proposed cutting all funding for the nation’s federal cultural agencies.

PROPOSED CUTS INCLUDE:
National Endowment for the Arts $148 million
National Endowment for the Humanities $148 million
Corporation for Public Broadcasting $445 million
Institute of Museum and Library Services $230 million
Additional cuts could affect the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art

NATIONALLY
Eliminating the NEA would be a devastating blow to the arts in America. For more than 50 years, the NEA has expanded access to the arts for all Americans, awarding grants in every Congressional district throughout all 50 states and U.S. Territories as well as placing arts therapists in 12 military hospitals to help returning soldiers heal from traumatic brain injuries. The NEA is also an economic powerhouse, generating more than $600 million annually in additional matching funds and helping to shape a $730 billion arts and culture industry that represents 4.2% of the nation’s GDP and supports 4.8 million jobs.

IN MICHIGAN
In Michigan, the NEA contributed more than $32 million in grant funding to Michigan communities, schools, museums, and arts organizations from 1998 to 2018. This represents only 20 years of NEA grants allocated in Michigan. In 2016 alone, the NEA distributed $770,600 to Michigan’s state arts agency, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and an additional $1,282,500 in grant dollars were directly awarded to individuals and organizations in Michigan.

Want to know more about the NEA’s Impact in Michigan? Check out this one page document created by CMM.

WHAT’S NEXT?
The arts cut across every element of community and society – from education, economic development, tourism, talent retention, job growth, health care, and innovation – the list goes on and on. Eliminating federal funding for cultural agencies would have devastating impacts for every single community in Michigan and across the country.

While we now know that cuts to federal cultural agencies are officially on the table, it’s important to remember that today is just the beginning of a long appropriations process, and Creative Many Michigan is committed to keeping you informed with updates and actions to take as they happen.

SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA TWEETS:

Tweet:
Proposed Trump #SkinnyBudget eliminates @NEAarts funding. Tell your representative we need to #SAVEtheNEAhttp://bit.ly/2k1vrd3 

Facebook Post:
The National Endowment for the Arts is popular among members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Yet President Trump’s proposed budget calls for a total elimination of funding for the NEA. Now it’s up to Congress to decide—and up to us to remind Congress of the value of the arts. Contact your elected representatives and ask them to #SAVEtheNEAbit.ly/2k1vrd3

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