Thank Congress For Increase In NEA Funding


WASHINGTON, DC (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Congress approved a $12.5 million increase for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY 2010.


This increase brings NEA appropriations to $167.5 million, representing the NEA's highest funding level since 1994 and a significant restoration of funding for the NEA. This funding will support performing arts organizations across the country through the NEA's core programs — Access to Artistic Excellence, Challenge America: Reaching Every Community, Federal/State Partnerships, and Learning in the Arts.


The Performing Arts Alliance invites you to be in touch with your Member of Congress today to thank them for supporting the NEA. While you are thanking them, be sure to communicate the value of the agency to the performing arts and your community and highlight ways NEA funding has provided support for your organization.

Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Your Congressperson
Your Senators

Below is the sample letter:


Subject: Thank you for being a champion for the NEA


Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],


I am pleased to see that the FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill passed by Congress includes a $12.5 million increase for the National Endowment for the Arts, bringing the total appropriations to $167.5 million. These federal resources will increase access to the arts in communities nationwide through critical support for performing arts organizations.


(Please insert personal stories here detailing how NEA funding has impacted your performing arts organization and your community).

Thank you for your support.


Sincerely,

CelebrityAccess Staff Writers