Contact Your Legislators: Congress Votes This Week On Cuts to the Current NEA and NEH Budgets

By Saturday, Congress will vote on the continuing resolution for this year’s federal spending. President Trump has proposed an immediate cut of $15 million each this year for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and total elimination of both federal agencies next year. If the NEA and NEH are reduced this year, it will both affect grants already awarded this year and indicate how these vital agencies will fare in next year’s federal budget. Funding for the NEA reaches all fifty states, and provides almost half of the total funding for Georgia Council for the Arts through its funding for state arts agencies. 

We are urging everyone to contact their legislators in the next 48 hours to voice your support for funding of the NEA and NEH at the current level or higher. A strong last minute push can help to encourage key swing legislators to keep funding in tact for the NEA and NEH. Share your personal stories about your relationship with arts and culture in addition to key impact facts (available below) about the impact of the NEA. Click here to find out who represents you.

 Here’s what you can do:

  1. Call your elected officials in Congress. Ask for their official position regarding funding for the NEA and NEH. Tell them that you support funding the NEA and NEH at the current level. You can use the sample script below, or customize to your own needs. Find your elected officials’ phone numbers.

  2. Email your elected officials in Congress. Send an email using this template from Americans for the Arts, or customize it with your own words. Send an email to your Senators and Representative.

  3. Share your support for the NEA and NEH on social media using the hashtags #ArtsVote and #SavetheNEA. Tag, Tweet or Post to your elected officials so that they hear your voice. Find my elected officials’ social media information.

  4. Share this email with friends, family and your professional network across the U.S., and encourage them to take the same actions. Share especially with those who are artists, arts administrators, arts patrons and arts enthusiasts, and encourage them to share their stories.

Together we can show our Congress members that Americans support funding for the arts!


C4 Atlanta  

*Thank you to our friends at Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for their help with this update.


Phone Script in Support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts from Americans for the Arts