Funding for the arts is critical for our community and our local arts and culture organizations.
CultureWorks stands united with the efforts of these organizations working to preserve and enhance arts and culture and encourages everyone to take an active role supporting funding for arts and culture.
Americans for the Arts’ (AFTA) mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.
The latest from AFTA.
On March 16, 2017 , The White House released its proposed budget to Congress today, officially recommending full termination of funding of both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY2018.
Eliminating the NEA would be a devastating blow to the arts in America. For more than 50 years, the NEA has expanded access to the arts for all Americans, awarding grants in every Congressional district throughout all 50 states and U.S. Territories as well as placing arts therapists in 12 military hospitals to help returning soldiers heal from traumatic brain injuries. The NEA is also an economic powerhouse, generating more than $600 million annually in additional matching funds and helping to shape a $730 billion arts and culture industry that represents 4.2% of the nation’s GDP and supports 4.8 million jobs.
There is now a concerted grassroots effort to convince Congress to #SaveTheNEA.
Learn more at www.americansforthearts.org
HOW YOU CAN HELP NOW
Take time 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.
LOCAL EFFORTSVirginians for the Arts works to increase public awareness of the importance of arts and culture in our lives and advocates for public funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which makes important operating grants to state arts organizations.
- Since 2008, Virginia has fallen to 40th in arts funding in the nation, at 43 cents per capita. In recent years, states such as North Carolina, Maryland and Ohio have been increasing their public investment in the arts. Let’s beat Kentucky (30th at 63c) and aim for Tennessee (15th at $1.06)!
- Last year, the Virginia Commission for the Arts awarded grants to over 680 arts organizations spanning the Commonwealth, leveraging support from local government, individuals and businesses.
- Virginia Commission for the Arts grantees served more than 1.4 million youth in FY15.
- Virginia’s arts industry creates jobs. In 2015 Virginia was home to over 17,000 arts-related businesses that employed over 68,500 people throughout the Commonwealth. Grantees of the VCA enlisted 82,526 artists and employed more than 13,000 people in full-time, part-time and contract positions in FY15.
- Arts build communities. Arts organizations are anchors for development and revitalization in cities and small towns. The Commonwealth’s contribution of $3.6 million for arts grants leveraged another $38 million in funding from individuals, corporations, private foundations and other entities in FY15.
Take time to contact your Virginia Delegates and Senators, and your US Representatives and Senators to let them know you want them to maintain funding for the arts.
To identify and find contact information for your Virginia legislators, visit http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
To identify and find contact information for you US Representatives and Senators, visit https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials