#ARTMATTERS | Memphis postcard campaign to protect arts funding
Want to advocate for the arts but don't know where to start?
Join ArtsMemphis, artists, arts organizations, friends and supporters from across the MidSouth for an afternoon of arts advocacy on President’s Day to show your support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Why do the arts matter to you?
We want to send your message to Congress though postcards, calls, and videos but we need your help.
Legislators on Capitol Hill will begin working on the federal budget this spring. Receiving a swarm of constituent mail can greatly impact the way a legislator votes on a particular issue. Our postcard campaign will be a powerful advocacy tool in the fight to keep arts support in the national budget.
We will provide the information that supports our position and how this issue affects Memphis. You provide the information on how it affects you personally.
- The arts are a great investment for Tennessee taxpayers. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) is the single largest national funder of the nonprofit arts in the U.S. In 2016, the NEA made approximately $1.3 million in grants across Tennessee, including several big grants to small, rural communities and an unrestricted gift to the Tennessee Arts Commission of almost $800,000. For every $1 that the NEA invests in our communities, an additional $9 in state, local, and private funding follows.
- The relative cost to taxpayers is practically negligible. The NEA's total annual budget is $150 million -- about 0.003% of the total U.S. federal budget. The total cost to each American taxpayer to fund the NEA every year is 46 cents -- but that produces a cumulative economic impact across the country of $135 billion in arts and culture-related investment and jobs.
- All of that creativity creates millions of great jobs that we can't afford to lose! There are 48,851 arts-related jobs in Tennessee -- more than the Memphis-area employment of FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, and St. Jude combined. Across the United States, the arts employ more than 4 million people.