The White House released its proposed budget to Congress today, officially recommending full termination of funding for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY2018. This is the first Administration in history to propose zeroing out all funding for the nation's federal cultural agencies.
The NEA funds nearly $10 million dollars in federal grants to California's nonprofit arts community and serves every congressional district in our state. These funds support arts education and every artistic discipline, including classical music.
The federal appropriations process does not end here. ACSO is a member of the Arts Action Fund and will promote a concerted grassroots effort to convince Congress to #SaveTheNEA.
ACSO executive director Mitch Menchaca will attend next week's National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. and be one of the many delegates representing California to talk to federal lawmakers and share the stories about the impact and transformative power that the arts and classical music have in their communities and districts.
1. The most important thing you can do is to take two minutes to send a customizable message to your elected representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose any attempt to eliminate or cut funding to the NEA.
2. Post on Facebook and Twitter to help rally national support to save the NEA. There is strength in numbers and your social media friends can help.