Let’s not stand for the defunding of the arts!
This week Trump’s administration proposed a federal government budget for the upcoming fiscal year cuts all funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for fiscal year 2018, effectively eliminating all three agencies. We cannot allow that!
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are both independent federal agencies created in 1965. They offer funding and support to humanities and arts programming respectively, providing equal access opportunities to communities throughout the US. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is an US-private non-profit corporation funded by the United States federal government to promote and help support public broadcasting: public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. CPB is responsible for the existence of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR).
The arts, humanities, and public broadcasting are a significant contributor to our nation’s enrichment and economic success.
Did you know that Utah ranks #1 in the country for arts participation?
- According the Utah Cultural Alliance, 51,000 Utahns are employed by cultural business, which generate over $3 billion in earnings in the state of Utah (data as of 2014).
- In Utah arts organizations received $1,196,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2016
- Utah cultural organizations received over $700,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016
- $9,400,410 million dollars comes annually to Utah thanks to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Let your Members of Congress know that you care about federal support for the arts, humanities, and public broadcasting. If the current proposed budget eliminate funding to the NEH, NEA, and CPB is approved, it will have serious repercussions on Utah’s economy. Ask them to advocate for the inclusion of these agencies in the budget. Without this critical funding, local museums, libraries, programs, and stations — all crucial in accessible programming for our communities — may be forced to drastically cut content and services.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative TODAY and ask them to stand up for the arts, humanities, and public broadcasting by not cutting funding for the NEA and NEH. Get personal — tell your Members of Congress what the arts, humanities and public broadcasting mean to you. If you leave a message, be sure to leave your full name and address to make sure your call gets counted.
- Sign this Utah Cultural Alliance petition to “Save National Endowment for the Arts & National Endowment for the Humanities” by Monday, March 20th. The petition will be printed and hand delivered to Utah’s federal representatives in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, March 21. Also sign this Freepress petition to Congress, “Don’t let Trump destroy NPR and PBS,” both trending now on our Petitions, Petitions! page.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Senator) (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee (Senator) 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (UT)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Check here.
Additional information (Utah impact):
Utah Cultural Alliance data resources
“Utah stations face big cuts under Trump plan to ‘zero out’ Corporation for Public Broadcasting” – Salt Lake Tribune
“Art matters economically, Utah leaders say, as proposed NEA and NEH cuts loom” – Salt Lake Tribune
For a complete list of Utah stations receiving support from CPB, click here.
Additional information (national impact):
“What eliminating the arts and humanities endownments would really mean” – The Atlantic
“Trump Proposes Eiminating The Arts And Humanities Endowments” – New York Times
“Trump’s Proposed Budget Would ‘Destroy’ Public Media, Says CPB President” – The Wrap
“Nationwide Survey Confirms That PBS and Member Stations Are America’s Most Trusted Institution for the 14th Consecutive Year” – PBS