President Trump recently submitted a budget to Congress that includes a proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Board of Directors of Music Teachers National Association has deep concerns about this proposal; if it is enacted, the elimination of the NEA and NEH will have dire consequences for every state. For a synopsis of what's at stake in the arts, please see National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Statement on Proposed Elimination of the NEA.
If you feel that the NEA and NEH are important to our country, this is the time to contact your representatives in Congress. Their votes will determine the final outcome.
Here is what you can do:
The MTNA Board believes that the arts and humanities are a fundamental part of American life and that continued funding of the NEA and NEH is vital.
Rebecca Grooms Johnson, NCTM, President Scott McBride Smith, NCTM, President-elect Karen Thickstun, NCTM, Vice President Sylvia Coats, NCTM, Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth Christensen, NCTM, Immediate Past President Gary L. Ingle, Executive Director & CEO Christine Steiner, NCTM, East Central Division Director Ginger Yang Hwalek, NCTM, Eastern Division Director Christopher C. Hahn, NCTM, Northwest Division Director Sherry P. Frush, NCTM, South Central Division Director Kevin Chance, NCTM, Southern Division Director Sue Field, Southwest Division Director Beth Gigante Klingenstein, NCTM, West Central Division Director