Courtesy Americans For The Arts
During keynotes and speeches in Reno there was no official mention about rumored cuts to the NEA, NEH, and PBS. "Wait" said some away, claiming it is the same old story given traction by a report by The Hill. At the National Arts Roundtable discussion the topic came up. There was talk about the elephant in the room. Of course you know that elephants is a GOP always eyeing arts funding as an easy cut. The spirit of Jesse Helms lives on.
Then roundtable speaker Robert Lynch, president/CEO of Americans for the Arts, showed attendees an ad that had a few media buys. One was next to Page 6 of the Daily News which is a favorite go-to page for the president, said Lynch. Another strategic placement was a Palm Beach newspaper that circulates at Mar-a-Lago.
It's a strategy that will need more oomph after today's story from the Washington Post. The headline reads "Trump wants to cut the NEA and NEH. This is the worst-case scenario for arts groups." From WaPo.
The above graphic can be downloaded at Americans for the Arts. I hope many shared on social media. Also at the site is a petition "Sign the National Petition to President Trump to Support the Arts in America" ready to be signed. There is also campaign directive is clear with their "Statement on Arts, Jobs, and the Economy." Any threat of budget cuts to the arts isn't just a loss of culture. It's a job killer. And for the next few years, everyday will be Arts Advocacy Day.
ADD 3.16: As if on cue the NEH Chairman William D. Adams released a statement. In part it reads:
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.