"In the long history of man, countless empires and nations have come and gone. Those which created no lasting works of art are reduced today to short footnotes in history's catalog.
Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish."
- President LBJ, 1965
President Trump and his administration have proposed a bill that would completely cut off funding to the National Endowment for the Arts
You guys. My friends. The entire federal budget that funds the NEA costs each American 45¢ PER YEAR.
That's what it costs YOU, as a taxpayer, for artists and creators to access money that facilitates the creation of important art, writing, and theater... this money also helps to keep museums and libraries open for the enrichment and pleasure of us as whole people, and it provides funding for public, non partisan media sources like PBS and NPR.
Call your representatives in the House and please tell them that art matters to you, to all of us. Then go use your real dollars to buy art from a local artist. Because it's fucking important.
If you don't know how/ where to call, I highly recommend the site or phone app 5calls.org
Here's a wallpaper you can download for your phone background, to keep reminding you that it's important.