How important are the arts? To powerful elected officials in Washington, DC, the answer is apparently “Not very.” For the second time this year, we–along with myriad other institutions and individuals–are fighting to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, all of which might be eliminated. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Assistance for Arts Education are also at risk.
Together with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other regional organizations, the Michener is joining the #SaveTheArts movement to maintain federal funding for art organizations. In fact, we encourage everyone to take action.
Most immediately, you can advocate to retain funding for Pennsylvania-based arts initiatives. Your actions will make a difference! Here’s how to show your support:
- Call your senator and representative, asking them to tell their caucus leader to include $9.59 million for Grants to the Arts through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and $2 million for Historical and Cultural Support through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in the state budget.
- When you’re ready to make your calls, find the custom arts advocacy phone call script here.
- Send emails directly to your representatives using the Cultural Alliance’s online tool.
- Post on social media: Visit the Cultural Alliance’s social media toolkit for #SaveTheArts graphics and suggested tweets. On June 30 and throughout the 4th of July weekend, we are asking that you post pictures to social media using the hashtag #SaveTheArts.
Also, keep a look out for #SaveTheArts in your community and on social media. Be sure to visit the #SaveTheArts advocacy site for the latest updates as the budget is finalized.
Please join us in keeping the arts– including Bucks County’s rich artistic treasures– accessible for all to enjoy! Voice your support for the arts so that they remain a staple in our culture for years to come.