#SaveTheNEA #SaveTheNEH - Back to D.C. to Fight for Arts, Culture and Creativity

In March, Emily Ruddock, MASSCreative’s Director of Policy and Government Affairs will lead a team of MA advocates and arts supporters to Washington, D.C. for the Americans for the Arts Annual National Arts Action Summit. The two day summit includes updates on arts policy and research, networking with advocates from across the nation and meetings with Senators and members of Congress to share the vital role the creative sector plays in making Massachusetts--and the nation--a stronger, healthier and more connected place to live.

A central focus of the trip will be advocating for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since taking office, the President has twice attempted to defund and shut down these federal agencies. Each time, Congress has enthusiastically fought back, protecting both the NEA and NEH and providing modest budget increases to support artists and the creative sector across the country.  

Though the President has yet to release his budget recommendations for next year, there is good reason to suggest he will again attempt to dismantle both agencies. Part of the National Arts Summit is to demonstrate the broad and deep support the NEA and NEH enjoys and thank members of Congress for standing up for arts, culture, and creativity. Advocates who cannot attend the Summit are encouraged to participate from home by reaching out to their Senators and member of Congress via social media and email.


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