The President’s budget came out this week, which proposed the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural agencies. We need you now more than ever to continue your fight to #SAVEtheNEA.
As you know, Minnesota is a cultural pillar, with some of the best arts organizations in the country. Minnesota has 104,000 artists and creative workers and 1601 nonprofit arts and culture organizations statewide, the biggest arts sector than any surrounding state. Because Minnesota gets more money than other states from the NEA, it will be hit harder by the elimination of the NEA—at present, Minnesota is 8th highest per capita in grants from the NEA.
Please join Minnesota Citizens for the Arts for a field hearing with Representative Betty McCollum (D-St. Paul) on Tuesday, May 30 from 11:00-12:30PM in Room 1150 Senate Office Building, 95 University Avenue W., Saint Paul 55155. Rep. Betty McCollum is a ranking member of the committee that funds the NEA and cultural agencies and will be present to hear testimony.
Your passion, advocacy and belief in the arts must continue to ensure that the NEA and the NEH are fully funded through FY18 and beyond. Please RSVP to MCA at 651-251-0868, Staff@artsMN.
ABOUT THE NEA IN MINNESOTA
Although Minnesota is the 21st state by population, we are 8th highest in per capita grants from the NEA. Minnesota beats other states competing for NEA grants because our arts organizations are some of the best in the country. The Minnesota State Arts Board receives $770,000 per year from the NEA, most of which is re-granted out across the state. Minnesota’s nonprofit arts organizations received another 72 direct grants, with at least one in every congressional district.