Saturday, July 9, 2011

Florida Cultural Alliance Starts Campaign for Congress Maintaining 2012 NEA Funding

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Florida Cultural Alliance
July 7, 2011

U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
Recommends Another Deep Cut -- $20 million -- to the 
National Endowment for the Arts

Your quick-and-easy action is requested NOW -- please go here to register your concern with Florida's U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative.

Please share this alert with others.  We must demonstrate in large numbers to Florida's members of Congress that yet another deep cut of $20 million to the NEA will hurt Florida's economic recovery.  Another disproportionate cut to the NEA will result in more jobs lost; cuts or elimination of arts, arts education, and cultural programs throughout our state and other states; and less access to such programs for both residents and tourists.  Our creative industry is part of the solution, but our federal-government investment must be maintained to help leverage the required-NEA matching funds.  On average, each NEA dollar generates another $7 in matching funds from other private, state, and local sources.  

Status:  Today, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $20-million cut in funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY 2012. If this recommendation makes it through the budget process, it would be the deepest cut the NEA has received in 16 years.
This is just the start of the congressional budget process to develop a federal budget for FY 2012.  Congressional members must hear from you, me, and thousands of others NOW who understand that this NEA funding is already a modest investment of federal funds that helps preserve and create jobs and rebuild our economy throughout all the states.
Thank you for taking action on this alert -- your voice matters.

Many thanks to Americans for the Arts for making this alert accessible and easy for all of us to take action.

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