This morning, the Trump administration released their 2018 budget proposal. Proposing a reported $54 billion in cuts to domestic programs, some of the most glaring eliminations included the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the corporation for the National and Community Services (Americorps). While this budget still has to be approved by Congress, we should not count on that saving us.
I present this information not to depress nor alarm, but as a reminder that this should be taken seriously and action must be taken accordingly. Art is what keeps us as a society afloat during volatile times such as these. It is through museums and libraries that the public is informed and empowered. The first step of action is to write both U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators. The Arts Action Fund has a form you can fill out that will take you less than two minutes. For more information how to get involved, please visit the Arts Mobilization Center here.
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