The Arts Alliance, which champions, supports and advocates for the Arts and Creative Industries in Washtenaw County, has sent out an “action alert” in response to proposed budget cuts directed at the arts from both the state and national level.
In Michigan, Gov. Snyder recently released his state budget recommendation. If passed by the legislature, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) would be funded at $10.15 million ($9 million General Fund) for 2019. This would be $1 million less than the previous year.
Here is what the Arts Alliance has suggested those concerned with the proposed cuts can do to voice their opposition:
Take 2 minutes to support state investment in the arts by sending a customizable message to your Michigan Senator and Representative and ask them to fund the MCACA at $12.5 million for Fiscal Year 2019.
Take a moment to find your Michigan State Senator and Representative at www.creativemany.org/take-action and send a note to introduce yourself and/or your organization. Let your lawmakers know how important your organization and the arts are to making your community a better place to live, work, and play.
Click on the link http://www.creativemany.org/arts%20-%20advocacy%20-%20day%20-%202018/ to attend Michigan Arts Advocacy Day on April 18 in Lansing. The Arts Alliance will soon send additional information and may arrange a bus for transportation to and from Lansing.
President Trump also issued his budget recommendations for FY 2019. Yet again, the administration has called for an elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and other cultural agencies. The Administration called for the same elimination last year, but because of hard work by advocates like you, the U.S. Congress firmly rejected these calls.
What can you do?
Become a free Arts Action Fund Member and remember to renew your membership annually.
The most important thing you can do is to take 2 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.
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.
Register for National Arts Advocacy Day. Come to Washington, D.C. on March 12-13, 2018, to meet with your Congressional delegation and share your story about the importance of the arts in your life, schools, and community.
Contribute to the Arts Action Fund PAC to help ensure we have the resources to support pro-arts Congressional candidates who will help us save the NEA.