As you know, the current administration in Washington has been considering plans to either significantly cut or eliminate entirely the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any such move would have a serious impact on arts funding in Rhode Island, keeping in mind that 30% of RISCA’s budget comes directly from the National Endowment for the Arts.
We’re organizing a series of cultural conversations with members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, and we need to make sure there is a strong turnout for each of these gatherings. While we can count on Rhode Island’s delegation to support the arts – and the Arts Endowment – our elected leaders need to know we support them. These gatherings are designed to learn firsthand what is happening in DC, and discuss what role we can play in supporting their efforts on our behalf.
Please share this post with your colleagues, friends, board members or anyone you can. Encourage them to attend and participate in these discussions. It’s particularly important for our senators and the congressman in your district to see you and hear from you. Please take the time to participate in these important gatherings.
Click on the link to RSVP to attend one (or, hopefully, more than one) of these meetings.
Friday, March 10 at 10:30am with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at the Rhode Island Philharmonic/Music School in East Providence <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-cultural-conversation-with-senator-sheldon-whitehouse-tickets-32562892488>
Monday, March 13 at 2:00pm with Congressman Jim Langevin at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-cultural-conversation-with-congressman-jim-langevin-tickets-32563021875>
Friday, March 17 at 1:30pm with Senator Jack Reed at the RISD Museum of Art in Providence <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-cultural-conversation-with-senator-jack-reed-tickets-32563045947>
Friday, March 31 at 11:30am with Congressman David Cicilline – still waiting to confirm location (email me at Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov if you’re interested in attending this meeting, and I’ll make sure you know where it will be held).
Thank you, and again – SPREAD THE WORD!