Become an Arts Advocate
The arts enrich the cultural life, enhance the livability of our community, and contribute to the area's economic vitality. You can help us keep the arts accessible and available by contacting government representative on behalf of the arts. To identify your Nevada Assembly member or State Senator, go to: http://mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/. For more arts advocacy tips, see: http://www.americansforthearts.org/.
Contact your Congressional Representatives about Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
SSPA receives thousands of dollars of funding every year from the Nevada Arts Council, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada Legislature. This funding is at risk. This message comes from Leah Horn, Director of Marketing and Communications, Western States Arts Federation.
As you know, in early March, President Trump proposed eliminating all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) FY18 budget. You may have also seen recent new reports that on March 28, the President proposed that Congress cut $18 billion from several federal domestic programs out of the current FY 2017 budget. The NEA was on this list of programs, with a proposed cut of $15 million for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
Any reduction in the NEA’s remaining FY17 grants budget would have a significant impact on state and local arts agencies, due to the NEA’s grant cycles. State Partnership Agreement awards are decided in the spring for activities that are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2017.
Currently, the government is running under a continuing resolution that will expire on April 28. Therefore, Congress and the White House are now working out the terms of a bill to fund the government until the fiscal year ends on September 30. For that reason, now is the time to contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose the President’s proposal to reduce the NEA FY17 budget.
Congress is currently on a two-week recess, so a face-to-face visit at your member’s district office would be the most beneficial. You might also consider inviting the member and their staff to visit your organization so that they can see first-hand how funding for the NEA benefits every congressional district in U.S.
Thank you for your help with this critical effort.
Director of Marketing and Communications
WESTAF | Western States Arts Federation
Our Congressional Representatives
US Senator Jacky Rosen
G12 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6244
US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Courthouse and Federal Building
400 South Virginia Street, Suite 902
Reno, NV 89501
Phone (775) 686 - 5750
Fax (775) 686 - 5757
Email: Use her online contact form. Go to
and click on the blue box "SHARE YOUR OPINION ON LEGISLATION"
US Congressman Mark Amodei
5310 Kietzke Lane, Suite 103
Reno, NV 89511
Phone: (775) 686-5760
Fax: (775) 686-5711
Email: Use his online contact form at