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Equity Members Lobby Capitol Hill for the NEA

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Published on Apr 12, 2017

One week after President Trump’s budget calling for the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) leaked, a delegation of leaders from Actors’ Equity Association joined a group of activists organized by Americans for the Arts to call on Congress to fully fund the NEA.

Actors’ Equity members came to Washington, DC from across all three regions of our organization to speak with legislators from their home districts. Participants included Adam Green (New York), Roy Gross (Washington, DC), Marjorie Horne (New York), Kim Huber (Los Angeles), Dev Kennedy (Chicago), Kellie Overbey (New York), Robert Stanton (New York) and Peggy Thorp (Detroit), as well as Eastern Director and General Counsel Tom Carpenter. Throughout their day on the hill, they shared with us why they were committed to fighting to save the NEA’s funding.

Equity’s visit to Capitol Hill came on the heels of President Kate Shindle’s press conference at the National Press Club calling on President Trump to reverse course. Her full remarks can be viewed here.

The N.E.A.’s $148 million budget funds programming in more than 16,000 communities across the United States and in every single Congressional district. The budget generates a huge matching investment – $1 of N.E.A. direct funding leverages as much as $9 in private and other public funds, creating hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in local communities.

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