Friday, February 4, 2011

Axe to the Arts?

We need your help.

The new majority in power in the U.S. House of Representatives is taking an axe to the current 2011 federal budget in an attempt to bring it down to levels from three years ago. That alone would cut irreplaceable National Endowment for the Arts funding to state and local nonprofit arts groups by at least $27 million immediately.

However, 175 members of the Republican Study Committee, an independent but powerful arm of the GOP party, are pushing even further by unfairly targeting total elimination of many programs that you and I care about. Elimination of such federal agencies as the National Endowment for the Arts would cripple support for nonprofit arts and culture programs in every city and state across the country. It would no doubt quickly impact the livability and economic vitality in Council Bluffs as well.

Help us prevent attacks to disproportionately cut these federal agencies and programs:
  • National Endowment for the Arts and for the Humanities, funding arts organizations throughout Iowa
  • Arts Education Programs, which fund local model projects through the U.S. Department of Education
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR and PBS stations throughout the country and are strong supporters of arts programming
In these next four weeks, the House of Representatives will finalize the 2011 budget.  We don’t have much time – please donate even as little as $5 to the Arts Action Fund’s Campaign to Prevent Elimination of the Arts.

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