By Claire Fallon : huffingtonpost – excerpt
In six easy steps
Champions of the arts bristled last week at a report from The Hill that President Donald Trump’s agenda might include axing the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) ― along with many other severe budget cuts.
A report, however, is not a budget plan, and a president’s proposed budget is not a final policy. Citizens remain a crucial part of government; vocally and energetically supporting or opposing specific policies can sway elected officials. (Not sure about this? Check the NRA’s influence over gun control, backed by millions of highly mobilized members.)
So what can a mere individual do to save national arts and humanities funding? We talked to a few organizations working in the trenches to advocate for cultural institutions, and here’s what they said:
- Know the stakes…
- Sign a petition…
- Call your represenatives
- Go see your representatives in person
- Organize an event in support of cultural institutions.
- Remember that your voice could make a real differerence… (more)