Action Needed -- Make Your Arts Support Heard
These resources provide solid information on which you can take immediate action, and we encourage you to do so. Experience has shown that a phone call is the most effective way to convey your concerns and priorities to your elected officials. We encourage you to take a few minutes to express your support for local arts projects that are a reality because of National Endowment for the Arts funding that is distributed through the Nebraska Arts Council.
It’s as simple as saying, “My name is ___. The work of the Lincoln Arts Council is important to me and I am concerned about the future of NEA funding.” If you’ve benefited from LAC work, share that. If you help underwrite this work, keep in mind the added pressure on donors to make up for future shortfalls in federal funding.
Nebraskans for the Arts e-advocacy page, where you can see the legislation NFTA is tracking, find your legislators, and sign up for action alerts.
Find your state senator’s information (including their phone number) on the Nebraska Legislature site.
A Message from Suzanne Wise, Executive Director, The Nebraska Arts Council
“The reports that the new administration is intent on eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts does not seem to have a clearly identifiable source that can be verified. However, it is never a bad idea to communicate with your elected officials on issues of importance to you. Until there is a proposal, I would advise withholding judgment. We need all our friends in leadership positions on both sides of the aisle, and it would not be helpful to alienate anyone based on premature assumptions. Having said that, it is entirely appropriate to tell our congressional delegation your story and why you think the NEA is important to you and/or your organization. If your organization has received direct funding from the NEA, your representative needs to know that. If you have received funding from the Nebraska Arts Council, you have also received NEA funding, since 40% of the NEA’s budget is distributed to state arts agencies. 35% of the Nebraska Arts Council’s annual budget comes from the NEA, which in turn is distributed in grants statewide. Therefore, if the NEA is targeted for elimination, the Nebraska Arts Council’s pool of grant funds will be reduced by 35%. Support for arts education will be particularly hard hit.”