This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.
— Toni Morrison

The arts:

  • Are a $704 billion industry
  • Account for 4.2% of GDP
  • Generate $24B trade surplus
  • Employ 4.7M people
  • THIS will give you an idea of what types of projects the NEA funds
  • WHAT IT WOULD MEAN to eliminate the NEA.
  • The NEH’s WEBSITE.
  • The Arts Action Fund WEBSITE.
  • Americans for the Arts WEBSITE.