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Currently, your members of Congress are back home until Labor Day.

As you know, our fight to save federal funding for the arts is far from over and we need your help to ensure funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The August recess is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet with lawmakers face-to-face and directly communicate the importance and impact of the arts in your community. The most powerful thing you can do right now is engage with your representatives’ district office. Tell them that the arts and humanities matter to you as a writer, educator, lover of literature and the arts—and as a voter.

Unsure of how to engage? Here are a couple of options:

Find your Senator and your Representative. Click through to their websites to find their district office locations in your state. Then, give them a call and voice your opinion on the importance of federal arts funding.

  • Make a visit to your local district office. If you are interested in coordinating district office visits with other LitNet Action Alert members in your area – please email info@litnet.org. You can also visit your district office independently, but remember, there is power in numbers and you are not in this fight alone!
  • Attend a town hall. Many representatives will be hosting town halls and meetings which gives you an opportunity to attend an event with them with a larger group of concerned constituents. For more information on town halls, please check out Town Hall Project: https://townhallproject.com/.
  • Don’t give up! If your representative’s schedule is too packed to accommodate a visit or meeting in the immediate future, don’t be discouraged! The act of calling your representative sends a powerful message about your concern and passion for the arts. Remember, while they might not be available during the August recess, they will be back.

Looking for more ways to take action?

Check out our #SavetheNEA page and social media for more resources and strategies. If you schedule a meeting during the recess, we want to hear how it went! Please share your story by emailing info@litnet.org, and be sure to tweet and post on Facebook about the meeting (tag @Litnet_org on Twitter). Be sure to use the hashtag #SaveTheNEA.

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