To the many folks across Wyoming and beyond who are concerned about funding for the NEA,
Your Congressional representatives may be on break . . but that doesn't mean your advocacy efforts should be. Now is an even better time to reach out to Senators Enzi and Barasso and Congresswoman Cheney to express support for the National Endowment of the Arts.
To assist you, the WyAA board has developed this statement. We list reasons why NEA funding is so crucial to Wyoming . . and provide other pertinent data for your use. Use the convenient contact links within the statement for all three representatives. We are urging you to make personal calls over emails, but whatever you are comfortable with is most important. We believe that messages reflecting the NEA's impact on Wyoming will resonate best with our representatives and suggest when reaching out to our Congressional Delegation, that you craft a personal message. Above all else, remain calm and polite. Please use one or two of the bullet point statistics in the statement combined with your own story of how the arts enrich your life and impact your community. It is these snapshots of arts experiences we carry in our heads that stay with us the longest and that really touch our hearts.
For example, we'll never forget the silent nursing home resident who started singing along with the artist during an intimate concert at their facility. Or the group of 5th grade boys intent on creating the “best dance ever” for their fellow PE classmates. Or how the Meeteetse ranching community and the Tuvan Throat Singers shared a common connection as members of horse cultures and then visited long after the concert.
Please contact WyAA for any assistance you need. We thank you for your efforts to preserve the NEA for the arts, artists and arts audiences. Your support is crucial.
Jo Crandall & Steve Schrepferman