Tell Congress: Don't Let Trump Defund the Arts!

Saturday, February 18th

(Adapted from & Rogan's List - please share widely)


“George Washington”
by Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

The Trump administration has introduced a budget that would cut all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities: organizations that promote innovative and creative expression, cultural and artistic understanding, and scholarly research as a basis for an informed democracy.

Join with PEN America, Daily Kos and other allies to help protect the arts and humanities.

Urge Congress to reject any budget that defunds the NEA and NEH:

Sign the petition.

Call your members of Congress.

If your senators and representative aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll immediately get a text back with everyone's contact info, INCLUDING your STATE senator and assembly member. 

We need an informed democracy now more than ever, as well as access to artistic outlets to help us get through these tough times. To cope with the administration’s hate, we need art’s power to communicate — and foster cultural understanding and empathy.

Defunding the NEA and NEH would essentially kill these organizations.  Meanwhile, Trump is spending the third weekend in a row vacationing at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — and each of these trips is costing taxpayers approximately $3 million.

Some perspective: The combined budget for the NEA and NEH is $148 million.1 

Trump's hypocrisy is nauseating.

Supported by these organizations and many more like them:

PEN America Daily Kos Asian American Arts Alliance
Dramatists Guild of America The Other Stories Podcast Community of Literary Magazines and Presses
People Demanding Action The Zero Hour
Left Action The Nation Free Press Action Fund
Brave New Films People For the American Way


1. "Trump's Mar-a-Lago Getaway Could Cost Taxpayers More Than $3 Million," Politico, Feb. 3, 2017: