The American's for the Arts is organizing the National Arts Advocacy Day on March 20-21.

"Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts."

While this will be the 30th anniversary of the event; this one is especially important given the federal budget awaiting Congressional review that proposes eliminating funds for the NEA and NEH and the CPB. 

Like many others I'm disappointed by this because the arts, in all of it's different forms, creates our culture. Supporting the arts preserves our history and creates our future voice. But there's more to it than that.

I completely understand that some people aren't visual (for example) and going to museums isn't appealing. They have no interest and see no value in spending money and time on acquiring and creating artworks that sometimes are just trashed or no one ever sees. However, for a huge chunk of the population consuming art is the best way to gain insight into new ideas. For many artists, creating is considered essential to their personal balance and strength. Making art is their voice without it they aren't fully heard. 

"I fight pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieves my illness is to keep creating art. I followed the thread of art and somehow discovered a path that would allow me to live." ~Yayoi Kusama
 

I've worked with so many artists who find peace, joy, and connection from making and seeing art. I wouldn't have worked with those artists in non-profit organizations if the NEA and the NEH didn't exist. Obviously, if you're visiting Dartily you must appreciate the arts on some level. So here are some ways you can help take action.

"Every time I have had a problem, I have confronted it with the ax of art." ~Yayoi Kusama
 

Visit the Americans for the Arts Action Center  They make it very easy to send emails of support to congressional leaders.

Support your local non-profit arts organizations. Here on the NEA's site you can find lots of information about art happenings throughout the nation.

Consider independently funding artists through crowd funding sites such as Patreon, Indiegogo, Hatchfund or Kickstarter

Support arts education by funding studios through Dick Blick's Art Room Aid, or Donors Choose.

Donate your unwanted items to a Creative Reuse Center that in turn will make them available to artists to use in projects.