As many of you may know, the White House is considering defunding the most important government programs that support and celebrate the arts in America: the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
For the last three years, the Crested Butte Music Festival has been an honored recipient of support from the NEA. These grant funds have enabled CBMF to provide free concerts of both gypsy jazz and opera, and have helped us instill in young people an appreciation for the arts through our acclaimed education programs. The NEA’s prestigious seal of approval has also brought the Festival greater visibility and opened fundraising doors with private institutions and donors.
We hope that you might join us in signing a petition asking President Trump to preserve funding for the NEA and NEH. The combined current funding costs $0.92 to the average taxpayer each year.
Colorado receives $3.1 million in funding, which translates into education, cultural enrichment, and jobs.
This small investment pays off immensely by bringing art to millions of Americans every year, many in rural communities just like Crested Butte.
If you are so inclined to join us, please consider signing the following petition – it only takes a minute. We also urge you to call your senators and representatives. Together, we can send a timely message that we believe the arts to be a vital part of our shared experience as Americans.
Thanks for your consideration and for your support of the Crested Butte Music Festival.
With kind regards,
If you would like to learn more about the NEA and NEH, click on each link.
For a statement from Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, click here.
For Congressman Lamborn’s (CO-05) statement on his sponsorship of this bill, click here.
For a statement on arts funding from the Heritage Foundation, click here.