Your elected officials are there to serve you. And they need to know that you won't stand for the President's proposed cuts to the NEA, NEH, and PBS. Don't wait. Make the call or write a postcard now. It only takes a few minutes, but it makes a big difference.
Beginning in the spring of 2017, ArtsMemphis has been hosting postcard stations at arts events throughout the city. Our concept? We provide the pre-addressed postcards; you provide the personalized message. Check back here in the days ahead to find out where our postcard station will pop up next. Or, better yet, get your own postcard and mail it off today!
Here's a list of federal officials who are waiting to hear from you.
Americans for the Arts has set up a simple portal for sending customizable emails and tweets to your Members of Congress, urging them to support the NEA. The site will automatically relay your message to your specific Congressional delegation. Click here to speak up and be heard.
And while you're at it, be sure to share these videos about the local impact of NEA support with everyone you know in the Memphis area.
In 2016, the NEA provided roughly $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. Nationally, the nonprofit arts industry supports 4.6 million jobs and generates $27.5 billion in government revenue. That latter number represents a 550% return on nationwide public investment in the arts, which totals approximately $5 billion annually. In fact, for every $1 that the NEA invests in our communities, an additional $9 in state, local, and private funding follows.
And 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 just 46 cents – and that produces a cumulative economic impact across the country of $135 billion in arts and culture-related investment and jobs.
There are 48,851 arts-related jobs in Tennessee – more than the Memphis-area employment of FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, and St. Jude...combined!
Click here for more reasons to support the NEA.
Be sure to look up and include your own stories of how NEA grants have strengthened the arts in Tennessee and in your Congressional district. And be sure to sign up for ArtsMemphis' newsletter and for AFTA's newsletter to stay on top of the latest calls to action.