National Endowment for the Arts… Serving Our Nation Through the Arts

 

While speaking at Amherst College, October 26, 1963 President John F. Kennedy made clear the need for a nation to represent itself not only through its strength but also through its art, he said, “full recognition of the place of the artist.” In 1965 the NEA under President Lyndon B. Johnson was brought to life.

The mission statement reads as follows “The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts — both new and established, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education.”

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has recently been the focus of funding elimination from the new administration. There are numerous reasons why ART is important and this short video explains many of them  NEA art-works-no-type

Here are a few reasons to consider about the value and impact artists and those who work in the field have on our country.

The National Endowment for the Arts’ FY 2016 appropriation of $147.9 million that constitutes approximately .004 percent of the federal budget. More than 80 percent of the appropriation is distributed as grants and awards to organizations and individuals across the country, including the District of Columbia and US Territories.

Nearly  5 million people are employed in the arts and cultural industries. More than 700 BILLION dollars is contributed to the US economy by the ARTS every year.

Want to know more facts about why this is so important and such a value?  Download the PDF file here FACTS NEA

Be part of something positive. Call your legislators and let them know the National Endowment for the Arts is important. Urge them to advocate for the NEA so its allowed to continue.

The NEA creates a better country by envisioning a nation where every American benefits from the arts.

Grimalkin Studio feels strongly about this and we want you know that 25% of net proceeds from all sales from our website Grimalkin Studio will be donated to the NEA for the month of MARCH 2017

 

NEA  all the way…ART

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