Cutting Arts Funding Is Not the Answer!

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President Trump is cutting important arts programs. He's not reducing our debt; he's undermining our ideals!


President Donald Trump has vowed to eliminate nearly all the federal government's discretionary spending in the next ten years in an effort to help reduce our national debt. However, cutting funding for the programs Trump has chosen does far more to undermine democratic ideals than it does to save money.

Seventeen programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are all on the chopping block. These programs do important work for our nation, like funding services for veterans, supporting local artists' projects, and financing research for museums, colleges, and libraries [1]. They also provide jobs and other important resources for many Americans [2].

Collectively, these three organizations cost each American only $2.29 per year and have a total budget of $745 million [3], which is less than a tenth of a percent of the federal government's annual spending [4]. These cuts would be just a drop in the bucket—and at a huge price for Americans.

The Association of Art Museum Directors has issued a statement saying the NEA and NEH's funding is "modest" but an "invaluable" investment nonetheless. "It is the mark of a great democracy to support the arts, which are an expression of what makes us human" [5].

It is time to stand up for the arts. It's time to make it clear that the American people is not interested in making small dents in the national debt at the expense of so much important research and so many public services and grants.

Sign to tell President Trump and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget to find somewhere else to cut spending and leave the arts alone.

[1] N. (2017, March 13). Stop the Trump Administration From Defunding the Arts and Humanities. Retrieved March 29, 2017, from https://www.thenation.com/article/stop-the-trump-administration-from-defunding-the-arts-and-humanities/

[2] Paletta, D. (2017, March 12). Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce. Retrieved March 29, 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/through-his-budget-a-bottom-line-look-at-trumps-new-washington/2017/03/12/29739206-05be-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.44a41a26adb2

[3] Donald Trump Budget Cuts: NEA, Sesame Street, Civil Rights | Money. (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2017, from http://time.com/money/4639544/trump-nea-sesame-street-budget-cut/

[4] Bowley, G. (2017, January 30). What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts? Retrieved March 29, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/arts/design/donald-trump-arts-humanities-public-television.html

[5] Association of Art Museum Directors. (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/artmuseumdirectors/posts/1323484834339273:0

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The Petition:

Dear President Donald Trump and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget,

While the federal government's spending and the national debt undoubtedly need to be reduced, cutting funding for the arts is not the appropriate way to go about it. The programs you have proposed to cut are already poorly funded, while the military and other programs have monstrous budgets that only continue to grow.

Taking funds from organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will barely make a dent in the national debt, but it will be a huge setback for the nation in terms of research and other beneficial programs.

It's time for you to find somewhere else to cut spending and leave the arts alone. I demand that funding for the NEA, NEH, CPA, and other arts organizations be left in place.

Sincerely,

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