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Sign the National Petition to President Trump to Support the Arts in America

Following a tumultuous election, the arts community is asking what they can do. With so much change coming so quickly, arts advocates need to organize. We need to raise our collective and individual voices with precision and in a unified manner. The new Administration and Congress will swiftly pass their biggest legislative changes in the first 2 to 3 months of the new year. We need to act now.

That's why the Arts Action Fund has developed this nationwide petition to President Trump to support the arts by taking specific pro-arts actions within his Administration. Please sign this petition and get 5 of your friends to do the same. We are grateful to our state arts advocacy partners for helping to advance this grassroots campaign, as well as customized grasstops campaigns. You can see a full list of our state advocacy partners here











Subject: National Petition to President Trump to Support the Arts in America


Dear President Trump:

Arts and culture are fundamental to a great America. As concerned citizens who care about the future of the arts and arts education, we urge you to incorporate the arts and culture in your early plans to invest in infrastructure, economic growth, and jobs.

According to the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural industries are a vibrant economic sector contributing 4.23 percent, or $704.2 billion, of the nation's GDP. This is greater than that of several other sectors, including the construction industry, transportation and warehousing, mining and extraction, and agriculture.

  • In contrast to U.S. goods and services as a whole, arts and cultural commodities are yielding a trade surplus of $24 billion.
  • Performing arts companies and independent artists, writers, and performers are among leading contributors to arts-related GDP. The arts are American homegrown and can't be outsourced to other countries.
  • The arts and cultural sector is a sizeable JOBS sector, generating 4.7 million jobs, with more than 2.2 million people in the U.S. whose primary occupation is as an artist.

Given the vast economic and cultural benefits of the arts, we urge you to support:

  1. Increasing federal funding for the arts, through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), to $1.00 per capita (an increase from the current 46 cents per capita);
  2. Fully funding and implementing the "well-rounded education" provisions within the Every Student Succeeds Act by strengthening equitable access to learning in the arts;
  3. Preserving and even expanding charitable tax deduction incentives for giving to nonprofit arts and culture charities; and
  4. Establishing a cabinet-level position for the arts and culture to advise you as President and other cabinet members on matters such as how the arts and culture impacts the economy, infrastructure, diplomacy, education, returning military veterans and their families, and the overall well-being of citizens and the nation at large.
  5. "Advancing the Arts to Support National Policy Priorities" a deeper dive arts policy statement from a diverse array of 60+ national arts organizations.

We hope that you will keep these considerations in mind as your Administration makes national policy decisions in the months and years to come.

Thank you for supporting the arts in America.

By signing this petition, you will automatically receive a FREE annual membership to the Arts Action Fund. If you are already a member, we'll extend your membership for another year.

Thank you to the following organizations that have added their names in support of the arts. The list below is updated at the end of every business day.

(As of February 23, 2017)