Save the NEA, NEH, CPB, and IMLS!

Well, here we are again.

President Trump once again has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting AND the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

This cannot stand.

While they've tried to cut culture before, this is now the second time a President's budget has called to zero out these important institutions. (The first time being President Trump's attempt last year).

The arts, humanities, and public broadcasting are a significant contributor to Utah's economic success.

  • As cultural businesses, we employ over 79,000 Utahns and generate over $3.5 billion in earnings (data as of 2015).
  • We are the #1 state in the country for arts participation. Our audiences go out to eat, travel, stay in hotels, pay for parking, and are generating even more money for Utah's economy.
  • Utah arts organizations receive around $1.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Utah cultural organizations receive around $700,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • $9,400,410 million dollars comes annually to Utah thanks to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (source). KRCL receives $100,000 annually. KUER receives $280,000. KBYU receives $3,529,354 in a combination for its TV, radio, and other services. About 18 percent of KUED's budget, or $1,702,498, comes from CPB. KUED delivers $8,133,498 in total services. For every dollar appropriated to KUED via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Utahns receive $4.78 in services. The cost to tax payers for these services comes to 57 cents a year. For a complete list of Utah stations receiving support from CPB, click here.
  • That $11.7 million in federal funding for Utah organizations is a significant part of our success.


** National Arts & Humanities Advocacy Day is Tuesday March 13, 2018. We will hand deliver your signatures to Utah's federal delegation as part of our meetings in DC! **

Dear Senator Hatch, Senator Lee, Congressman Bishop, Congressman Stewart, Congressman Curtis, and Congresswoman Love:

President Trump is the first president in American history to propose eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We thank you for working last year to preserve these important entities, and we ask you to work to support them again.

Arts, humanities, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting are a significant contributor to Utah's economic success.

  • As cultural businesses, we employ over 79,000 Utahns and generate over $3.6 billion in earnings (data as of 2015).
  • Utah is the #1 state in the country for arts participation. Our audiences go out to eat, travel, stay in hotels, pay for parking, and are generating even more money for Utah's economy.
  • Utah arts organizations receive around $1.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Utah cultural organizations receive around $700,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • $9,400,410 million dollars comes annually to Utah thanks to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (source). KRCL receives $100,000 annually. KUER receives $280,000. KBYU receives $3,529,354 in a combination for its TV, radio, and other services. About 18 percent of KUED's budget, or $1,702,498, comes from CPB. KUED delivers $8,133,498 in total services. For every dollar appropriated to KUED via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Utahns receive $4.78 in services. The cost to tax payers for these services comes to 57 cents a year. For a complete list of Utah stations receiving support from CPB, click here.
  • That $11.7 million in federal funding for Utah organizations is a significant part of our success.

These federal dollars are controlled locally. Indeed, NEA is the only federal program with a state partnership in which 40% of the NEA budget is given directly to state arts agencies. State arts agencies, such as our Utah Division of Arts and Museums, receives the bulk of these dollars and re-grants it out to cultural organizations all over the state. National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities represent the only federal granting agencies that distribute funds to organizations in ALL congressional districts.

Utah has a rich tradition of supporting the arts and humanities in our state. We ask you to represent the majority of Utahns who support funding for the arts, humanities, and public broadcasting. Culture is part of who we are as a state. Every dollar from the federal government represents a $9 boost to the economy.

Culture WORKS. As your constituents, we urge you to support arts, humanities, and public broadcasting.

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  • Janice Smith
    signed via 2018-06-05 11:12:18 -0600
    Janice Smith
  • Jorge Rodriguez
    signed 2018-04-03 18:32:14 -0600
  • Georgie Lewis
    signed via 2018-03-27 21:47:01 -0600
  • Lillian Heil
    signed 2018-03-26 15:41:00 -0600
    Lillian H. Heil
  • Adrianne Moore
    signed 2018-03-18 18:24:49 -0600
  • Nicole McCleary
    signed 2018-03-16 21:48:25 -0600
  • Kathryn Knudsen
    signed 2018-03-16 21:32:17 -0600
  • Julie Wood
    signed 2018-03-16 21:24:30 -0600
  • Sandra Dunbar
    signed 2018-03-16 07:40:45 -0600
  • Oreta Tupola
    signed 2018-03-15 18:17:14 -0600
  • Don Keipp
    signed via 2018-03-15 16:56:35 -0600
  • Marie Dippolito
    signed via 2018-03-15 13:29:16 -0600
  • Jayne Barnett
    signed via 2018-03-15 11:30:36 -0600
  • Diana Gonzalez
    signed 2018-03-15 10:31:10 -0600
    Thank you for your support of the arts. It is often the only link some children can make to reading and mathematics.
  • Lesley Ottosen
    signed via 2018-03-15 08:45:29 -0600
  • Camie Simpson
    signed 2018-03-15 06:01:29 -0600
    Camie Simpson
  • Arielle Altenburg
    signed 2018-03-14 23:41:03 -0600
  • Matthew Wallace
    signed 2018-03-14 21:49:11 -0600
    The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting AND the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are all very important to me. They are part of what makes America great! Hobbling or eliminating any or all of them would be a huge disservice to our great country. I strongly urge you all, as elected representatives of Utah citizens, to in fact do all that you can to strengthen these vital organizations. They are vital in many ways, not the least of which is in supporting and strengthening the cultural fabric of our nation. In so doing you will ensure that the United States of America will remain a great nation for years to come.
  • Becky Jacobson
    signed via 2018-03-14 21:43:29 -0600
    Please consider how important the arts are to all of us.

    Becky Jacobson
  • Sarah Mateer
    signed 2018-03-14 20:52:32 -0600
  • Sylvia Gray
    signed via 2018-03-14 14:32:03 -0600
  • kathleen bingham
    signed 2018-03-14 13:41:29 -0600
    kathleen c bingham
  • Christi Nebeker
    signed 2018-03-14 12:09:21 -0600
  • marcia harris
    signed via 2018-03-14 11:40:51 -0600
    marcia harris
  • Jace King
    signed 2018-03-14 11:01:11 -0600
  • Ronald Andersen
    signed 2018-03-14 08:55:45 -0600
    Music and art pre-date math and science and are still more universal in the world as they speak to the soul of mankind.
  • Felysha Lilley
    signed 2018-03-14 08:54:32 -0600
    Thank you for filling me in. I live and work in Cache Valley. Is there a community group for this in the Logan area? I’d love to get involved.


    Warm wishes,

    Felysha Lilley

    Beautician | MUA
  • Amberly Kariuki
    signed 2018-03-14 08:52:07 -0600
  • Joseph Coombs
    signed 2018-03-14 08:34:14 -0600
  • Hannah Beus
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