UPDATE March 16, 2017:
Our fears have come to pass. You may have seen the news this morning that President Trump’s proposed budget, released earlier today, calls for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. The budget—which must be passed by Congress—will be the subject of vigorous debate on Capitol Hill in the coming months.
Now is the time to act.
Why You Should Help
The NEA is the only U.S. federal agency that is dedicated to supporting the future of the arts, and especially literature, through its grants to upcoming writers and literary organizations. The NEA and NEH each account for only .003 percent of federal spending and are the only agencies that represent our thriving arts culture. These organizations support countless authors, literary organizations, and artistic endeavors, and are particularly important because they allow the arts to flourish in geographic and economic areas otherwise underserved by the arts.
How You Can Help
1. Sign the Authors Guild’s Letter
2. Contact your Representative
Speak to or write your Congressperson and let them know that cutting funding for the arts, and literature in particular, is not acceptable.
In approximate order of effectiveness, the best ways to make sure your representatives in Congress and the Senate hear you are to:
- Meet with them in person. You can contact their office to set up a meeting or, if you are comfortable with doing so, attend a local event where they are speaking and raise your hand and make sure you are heard.
- Mail a letter (they are less and less frequently received, so they actually get read!).
- Call or write an e-mail.
Feel free to use as much of the attached letter from the Authors Guild as you wish, keeping in mind that personalized letters tend to be more effective—but the quantity of letters received is also important. Bottom line: make sure your voice is heard.