Save the NEA

Stand with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): an open letter from the AIGA board of directors

You may have heard that the White House FY 2018 budget proposal calls for the elimination of the NEA, among other agencies.

You may not know that as a community, we have long benefited from NEA’s tireless support. Since 1979, AIGA has been the recipient of at least 24 NEA grant awards—totaling more than $675,000—to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force.

Four NEA-funded AIGA projects are active today, preserving the history of our AIGA medalists, improving voter communications in partnership with the League of Women Voters, supporting AIGA’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, and helping us produce a series of Design for Good webcasts that influence and activate local communities.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Whether we’re aware or not, many of us have first-hand experience in the difference the NEA has made in the arts and in the communities that need it most.

It’s for this reason that AIGA, along with Design Observer, ico-D, IDSA, OneClub, SEGD, and the Type Director’s Club are committed to saving the NEA.

We invite you to join us in support of the NEA in the following ways:

  • Learn more about the contributions of the NEA by visiting their website and reading this statement from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu. 
  • Follow along as we share assets online using #savetheNEA to learn about how the NEA has impacted our field and those practicing in it
  • Share your NEA story and/or support with #savetheNEA on your favorite social media channel. Follow the NEA on Twitter and Facebook
  • Contact your lawmakers—make your voices heard!

*Note about AIGA’s advocacy tactics: We are committed to non-partisanship—neutrality doesn’t have to equal inactivity. There are many options for our members. We recommend positive advocacy for an institution that provides critical funding and technical support essential to ensuring a strong future for design, civic engagement, and for economic growth in the U.S.

As a reminder, our commitment to diversity and inclusion means that we welcome everyone’s opinions and encourage open, respectful dialogue.

Thank you for your continued support of design and the arts,

Julie Anixter
AIGA executive director, on behalf of AIGA’s national board of directors

We thank the following organizations for joining us in the campaign to #savetheNEA:

Design Observer presented by AIGA ICO-D IDSA