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#GAArtsFuture Advocacy Campaign

“We support arts funding in Georgia.”

The High Museum of Art and more than a dozen metro Atlanta arts and culture organizations are voicing their support for arts funding with the #GAArtsFuture postcard-writing campaign. The goal of the campaign is to demonstrate the arts’ positive impact on the lives of Georgia residents and to underscore the importance of continued funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The president’s budget plan for fiscal year 2018 called for the elimination of these federal agencies, which fund important artistic initiatives throughout the state of Georgia, including educational programming, exhibitions, performances and projects.

We are encouraging all Georgia arts and culture organizations that would like to participate to join our efforts and expand the reach and impact of this important initiative.

Listen here to an interview about the campaign with WABE 90.1 FM “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, High Museum of Art Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Director Rand Suffolk, and WonderRoot Executive Director Chris Appleton.

How can you join? It’s simple. Below is a brief Q+A with more details and a digital toolkit with materials (printable postcards, signage, etc.) to help you implement the campaign.

Participating organizations include the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Woodruff Arts Center, WonderRoot, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, ArtsATL, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Contemporary, The Atlanta OperaThe Breman Museum, BURNAWAY, Center for Puppetry Arts, Dad’s GarageMichael C. Carlos MuseumThe Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA).

Digital Toolkit: You may download the digital toolkit here.


Q+A:

How does the campaign work?

Each participating institution is asked to offer blank postcards, along with the Washington, D.C. addresses of all state representatives, to patrons on site at their locations. Signage accompanying the postcards provides information about how NEA, NEH and IMLS funding affects the arts in Georgia. Guests use their creativity to write personalized messages on the postcards, which the organizations collect, stamp, and mail to congressional leaders.

How can my organization participate?

It’s simple. Access the downloadable digital toolkit above, which includes all the materials you’ll need to implement the campaign. Once your guests fill out their postcards, your last step is to collect, stamp and mail the postcards to congressional leaders.

How did this all start?

We are passionate about sharing the arts and want to educate the communities we serve on how important this funding is to each of our organizations. We could not be silent and wanted to encourage our congressional leaders to vote for continued funding for the arts now and for the future.

The proposed FY18 budget plan called for the elimination of three independent cultural agencies—the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The loss of the NEA, NEH, and IMLS would have the greatest impact on rural areas, low-income populations, schoolchildren, seniors and veterans.

Federal dollars assigned to these agencies are used to leverage state, local, and private funding for organizations, educational entities, libraries, public broadcasting affiliates, etc.

I have a question about the campaign. Who can I contact for more information?

Please send questions to highmuseum@high.org.