Federal support of the arts is critical.
The NEA provided about $1.45 Million to Tennessee organizations including support for the Tennessee Arts Commission which flows into Shelby County to help educate children, employ artists, and generate economic activity.
On Wednesday, May 31, The Commercial Appeal will run the ad above highlighting the importance of the NEA grants in Tennessee. We hope you will share this ad with your friends, colleagues, and U.S. Senators to spread the word about how the NEA supports your local community in Tennessee. In addition to sharing this ad in Tennessee, you can also take action by sending a customizable message to your congressional delegation to support the NEA.
CALL TO ACTION
May 23, 2017, the White House released the official details of its proposed FY2018 "skinny budget" that President Trump proposed back in March.
In this latest version, the president doubles down on his recommendation to eliminate the nation’s key federal cultural agencies for the arts, humanities, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting by allocating the minimal amount “for expenses necessary to carry out their closure.” The budget proposal also eliminates important arts education and afterschool grant programs.
- Congress is now our only firewall to prevent the President’s extreme proposals from being enacted. Please contact your Members of Congress to urge them to #SAVEtheNEA and these other cultural agencies. Be sure to look up and include your own stories of how NEA grants have impacted the arts in Tennessee and our Congressional district.
- Send a customizable tweet to your Members of Congress. Click the Twitter logo on that page to pull up the customizable message that will automatically be sent to your specific Congressional delegation.
- Contribute to the Arts Action Fund to support the #SAVEtheNEA campaign.
Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2017
By Randy I. Cohen, Feb 14, 2017, Americans for the Arts
This year’s changes include the following:
- #1 and #2 highlight new research about the public’s belief that the arts improve personal well-being and unify our communities.
- #4 updates the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, showing a $26 billion rise in the arts contribution to the economy.
- #10 calls out the importance of the arts in helping our returning military service members to heal and reintegrate back into their families and communities.
In the News
Below are links to recent news articles about the potential funding cuts to the arts. Please take a moment to learn the facts, contact legislators, and spread the word so others may do the same.
- Donald Trump’s Newly Released 2018 Budget Calls For Eliminating the NEA | by Eileen Kinsella, artnet news 05.23.17 Trump's 2018 budget proposes to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, among other dramatic cuts to domestic programs.
- National Endowment for the Arts is vital to our community | By PATRICK BRIEN | Riverside Arts Council 05.10.17
Cuts to the NEA would starve Memphis' minority-serving arts organizations | by Kirstin Cheers, High Ground News 04.17.17 Memphis arts organizations brace for decreased federal funding that could impact the work they do with underserved and minority populations.
- Mike Huckabee: A conservative plea for the National Endowment for the Arts | By Mike Huckabee, The Washington Post 03.22.17
- Republicans Start Lining Up to Fight for the N.E.A. and N.E.H. | By MICHAEL COOPER and SOPAN DEB, The New York Times 03.17.17
- Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor | By Damian Paletta and Steven Mufson, The Washinton Post 03.16.17
- Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments | By SOPAN DEB, The New York Times 03.15.17
- Waters: Arts funding builds community, not walls | David Waters , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee 03.01.17
- Trump budget battle may be looming over National Endowment for the Arts | Donovan Slack , USA TODAY 02.24.17
- Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cuts Loom | By MICHAEL COOPER, MICHAEL PAULSON, GRAHAM BOWLEY, ROBIN POGREBIN and RANDY KENNEDY NY Times 02.19.17
- Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget | By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ALAN RAPPEPORT NY Times 02.17.17
- Grijalva: Trump’s corrosive proposal to cut the NEA and NEHBY REP. RAUL GRIJALVA (D-ARIZ.) The Hill 02.08.17
Want to advocate for the arts but don't know where to start?
Americans for the Arts - Arts Action Fund
The Arts Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts. They are the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Launched in 2004, the Arts Action Fund seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts and arts education. The Arts Action Fund's goals are to:
Enlist and mobilize 1 million citizen activists who will help ensure that public and private resources are maximized and that arts-friendly public policies are adopted at the federal, state, and local levels.
Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA)
Bringing the community together. Promoting education. Delighting our children. Tennesseans for the Arts (TFTA) knows that the arts foster vibrant communities, while making good economic sense. They inspire our children, while they tell us who we are. We believe there’s no better way to enrich the quality of life for all of us.
Tennessee Arts Advocacy Day
Arts Advocacy Day was held in Nashville at the Public Library on March 1, 2017.
TFTA and your fellow advocates from across Tennessee spent the morning in informative programming and then met with lawmakers from our region to let them know that the arts are valued in our community.
Arts Advocacy Day 2017
Each year, arts supporters from across the state gather in Nashville to visit with their lawmakers. Organized and presented by Tennesseans for the Arts, Arts Advocacy Day offers the opportunity for all segments of Tennessee's extraordinary arts and cultural community to come together to 1) Network and make new friends, 2) Receive advocacy and policy information about arts funding in Tennessee, and 3) Speak with our state legislators about the importance of the arts in our state.
On March 1, 2017, 50 delegates from Memphis had the opportunity to speak with:
- Representative Raumesh Akbari | District 91
- Representative G.A. Hardaway Sr. | District 93
- Senator Brian Kelsey | District 31
- Representative Ron Lollar | District 99
- Representative Larry J. Miller | District 88
Buy an Arts License Plate or Gift-A-Tag
70% of state arts funding comes from the sale of arts and collegiate license plates.
- Now you can buy a GIFT-A-TAG voucher for the purchase of any of Tennessee's Specialty License Plates. There are over 100 to choose from. To purchase a voucher, click here!
- GIFT-A-TAG vouchers are $35 and you can buy as many as you want—for your family, friends or treat yourself. Each GIFT-A-TAG is good for the purchase of a Specialty License Plate or the personalization of any license plate.
If you already have a Tennessee arts license plate, stop by our office (575 South Mendenhall) or email a picture to info [at] artsmemphis [dot] org to receive a FREE ArtsCard, offering discounts to the arts across the city!