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2017 Year End Letter

Posted on: Nov 28, 2017

What a year it’s been.

2017 has been a rollercoaster year for the arts. From the initial Trump administration recommendation to eliminate our nation’s cultural institutions to the House Appropriations Committee rejection of that misguided proposal, we have had to call on you many times to help us save the arts in America. Arts Action Fund members did their part, sending a record number of 187,004 e-mails to Congress to #SAVEtheNEA. Thanks to you, the arts will survive, but our job is to make sure the arts thrive. I urge you to contribute to our Year-End campaign so that we can finish the year strong and keep building momentum into 2018. Check out our online timeline of actions that Arts Action Fund members took to #SAVEtheNEA.



This holiday season, we have much to celebrate...

Last year, we made a commitment to train more grassroots organizers and new volunteers to speak out at town hall meetings, testify at public hearings, drive social media, and document real stories about the impact of the arts. This year, we did just that, by creating the online Arts Mobilization Center, hosting a record-breaking Arts Advocacy Day, and bringing arts advocates from around the country to D.C. to personally ask their representatives to support the arts, humanities and arts education. Our membership has sky-rocketed to over 364,000 arts advocates, without whom none of our work and successes would be possible.





And much to be thankful for…

In addition to the advocacy work of grassroots members like you, high profile Arts Action Fund Artist Committee Members, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Andrews, Ben Vereen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Robert Redford, Ben Folds and Kerry Washington have all stepped up for the arts. These artists have lobbied on Capitol Hill, written op-eds, and posted on social media to advocate for the arts. Your membership and financial support make it possible for us to maximize our advocacy impact with these public figures.




A pro-arts majority in Congress

The Arts Action Fund PAC, the only pro-arts PAC in the country, contributed over $60,000 to dozens of pro-arts federal incumbents this year. Our successes this year have proven the bipartisan nature of arts advocacy.  The Arts Action Fund PAC has cultivated strong working relationships with arts champions in Congress from both parties. This year, our commitment to bipartisanship paid off, and arts supporters on both sides of the aisle came together to fight against the proposed elimination of the NEA. We now have a pro-arts majority in Congress.





…But there is still work to be done.

As we enter 2018, we need to protect what we fought so hard to achieve. The arts are safe for now, but we cannot grow complacent. 2018 is an election year—we need to keep our focus on filling seats in the House and in the Senate with pro-arts candidates, and ensure that a solid budget for the arts is signed into law.


Let’s protect charities from being harmed by tax reform, too.

Our success with rejecting the Trump administration’s attempted elimination of public funding of the arts is a great start. However, the arts also rely on private sector support to better serve communities. That’s why we also need to protect the tax policies that promote charitable giving, on which nonprofit arts organizations like museums, theaters, dance companies and symphonies rely. As Congress works on a tax reform bill, we remain focused on maintaining these charitable tax incentives so that charities are not harmed.


 You can continue to help in the following ways:

  1. Contribute to this Year-End campaign by visiting www.ArtsActionFund.org/AAF2017. Every dollar directly supports our advocacy efforts, and your contribution automatically extends your membership for another year.
  2. Ask your friends to become members of the Arts Action Fund, as we work towards our goal of one million arts advocates. There is strength in numbers! Share this link: www.ArtsActionFund.org/join.
  3. Send a message to your Senators and Representatives urging them to protect the charitable deduction in the tax reform bill so that individuals of all income levels are encouraged to give generously to nonprofit arts and other charitable organizations. Visit www.ArtsActionFund.org/CharitableDeductions.



Please continue to be a champion for the arts!

Your support is essential for our success in securing federal funding for the arts and arts education, and supporting the candidates who will fight for the arts. Keep the momentum going with a contribution to the Arts Action Fund. Click on the image to the left to see our progress as we work towards our goal of $30,000.




Have a safe, joyous and peaceful Holiday Season.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli

Executive Director


P.S.  You can also help us reach our Year-End goal even faster by contributing online at www.ArtsActionFund.org/AAF2017.