The administration wants to shrink federal government spending by eliminating “waste.” Not only are art, culture, and creativity vital to a thriving society, but funding for NEA and NEH is a very tiny portion of the federal budget.
This budget proposal is not about saving money. Funding for the NEA and NEH each constitute only .003% of federal spending. This is about minimizing the power to shape the culture we live in.
Artists tell our stories, highlight our struggles and victories, and inspire people to see beyond what is in front of them and forge a new future. Arts sharpen our thinking with innovative perspectives. The NEA and NEH open access to a vibrant arts culture to diverse Americans, regardless of class or income.
Eliminating the Endowments would have a negligible impact on the budget, but it would create huge barriers to the work of so many artists, museums, libraries, universities, researchers, educators, and arts education programs. In so many ways, artists inspire us to resist the status quo and we must resist this proposal.