More than a dozen metro Atlanta arts organizations are stepping up their efforts to advocate for arts funding in Georgia with the launch of the #GAArtsFuture postcard-writing campaign.
The campaign asks Georgia residents to write postcards to their government leaders and tell them how the arts have a positive impact on their lives and about the urgent need for continued national arts funding. The design includes the message “Fund the Arts. Fund the Future.”
The need comes from a potential budget cut to national organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which face elimination under the president’s budget plan for fiscal year 2018.
Several local organizations receive financial support from these organizations, and without them, funding for some local programs will run dry.
“Funding for arts organizations throughout Georgia is vitally important to our communities,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director of the High Museum of Art. “Faced with the potential elimination of funding, we felt compelled to offer visitors a simple yet impactful way to contact their representatives and make their voices heard.”
By banding together, these groups hope their combined voices will make a greater impact.
Chris Appleton, executive director of WonderRoot, added, “We have found, year after year, that local investments follow national priorities. WonderRoot is thrilled to work with these partners on #GAArtsFuture to ensure our congressional representatives know about the expansive support that citizens have for arts and culture throughout the state of Georgia.”
How You Can Take Part
Individuals can take part in the #GAArtsFuture postcard-writing campaign by visiting any of the participating local organizations mentioned below. There you will receive your blank postcards, along with the Washington, D.C., addresses of all state representatives. You provide the messages, and the arts organizations will collect, stamp and mail the cards to congressional leaders.
If you need some guidance on what to write on your postcard, just refer to the accompanying signage at any of the local partners. It includes information for visitors about how NEA, NEH and IMLS funding affects the arts in Georgia.
A digital toolkit with printable postcards is also available for download.
More than a dozen local arts organizations are leading the #GAArtsFuture campaign. You can visit any of these locations to receive your postcard kit.
- Alliance Theatre
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
- The Woodruff Arts Center
- Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
- Atlanta Ballet
- Atlanta Contemporary
- The Atlanta Opera
- The Breman Museum
- Center for Puppetry Arts
- High Museum of Art
- Michael C. Carlos Museum
- The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA)
- Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)