This week the White House unveiled its budget proposal, which included completely defunding and eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts. This distressing news about the NEA and other programs that champion culture & humanities in the United States have increased art advocacy efforts into high gear to save the arts.
The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) issued this statement about how defunding the NEA will effect clients who receive art therapy services from NEA sponsored programs and includes ways art therapists and art therapy supporters can take action. Contact legislators and let the US Congress (who approves the budget) to reject this proposed elimination of the NEA. This action alert from the Americans for the Arts includes an easy way to contact officials and you can also sign their petition to support the arts in America. The Atlantic, in its news piece The Real Cost of Abolishing the National Endowments for the Arts, states that “this kind of work can and should be bipartisan” and cites Second Lady Karen Pence’s interest in raising awareness for art therapy as her official cause as an example.
Art Advocacy Day in DC (tomorrow and Tuesday, March 20 & 21) will be an important opportunity for art communities, organizations, and advocates to come together to share and showcase the critical role the arts has in everyone’s lives. The AATA is again one of the partnering organizations supporting these efforts.
Learn more about the arts wide reaching impact in this NEA video:
Here in my home state, the Ohio Arts Council released this statement from Executive Director Donna S. Collins which offered hopeful considerations to keep in mind during these challenging times, including these words:
“We are nowhere near the end of the road for the NEA or public support of the arts… Stay calm, remain strong, and be confident. The NEA has weathered these types of debates before, and together, the arts community will persevere.”
- Why the Arts Matter
- Arts and Culture Aren’t an Elitist Extravagance. They’re Essential to American Life
- How to Talk About Saving the NEA
- The Folly of Abolishing the NEA
- Funding the Arts is More Than Preserving Culture
- For the Umpteenth Time, the NEA Deserves Its Funding
- Arts Advocates Denounce Proposed Elimination of NEA and NEH