Whenever you're talking to, emailing, faxing, writing to, or protesting at your senator or representative on the latest Outrage du Jour, please remember to mention NEA funding too. The National Endowment for the Arts supports all sorts of art - it's especially important in getting arts into the countryside and into smaller towns, where students (or adults) wouldn't otherwise have art funding at all.
My personal experience of NEA support comes mostly from Kitchen Dog Theater, where for five consecutive years (the only Texas theater who can say this!) we have received national funding for our New Works Festival.
New plays by living American writers!
If you do feel moved to write your congressional folk, you're welcome to use this postcard:
Please feel free to use - print at 4 1/4" x 6" on card stock
This year will be Kitchen Dog's 19th New Works Festival. In our time we've produced 26 world premiers of new plays and 125 staged readings of new works. That's NEW work by living writers.
Please help us - and all those other artists that count on it - by helping the NEA.