I don't normally forward 'junkmail', but this issue is a big one. While
I agree that some of what is funded by the NEA is not necessarily 'art',
I worry that if we allow this most important resource in our country to
die even a little bit, then we'll never recover what ground is lost. Who
is to determine what is 'art'? Mapplethorpe's behavior was certainly
deplorable, but there are those in Congress that would throw the baby
out with the bathwater. The only thing that makes this nation so great
is our creativity, and encouragement of creativity. Even now, schools
are losing monies for arts, while sports are actively supported. Please
show our children we care for their creative skills, and support the
NEA. Support means of panels choosing what is fundable art, and what
forms of art should be kept funded by the private sector. Native
Restoration has never solicited NEA funds, but nevertheless, we've
supported both adult and children's programs that are funded by the NEA.
If you ever watched Sesame Street, or if your kids watch Barney, now is
the time to come to the aid of the NEA.
***Sign this petition to continue funding for the arts-NEA, NPR, PBS***
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the issue of whether public funding
to an artist can be linked with the idea of whether the art is 'decent.'
After the Robert Mapplethorpe "scandal" not so long ago, Congress passed
a law that for an artist's art to receive public money via the National
Endowment for the Arts, it must be deemed decent.
NPR Morning Edition this morning, Nina Tottenberg said that if the
Supreme Court supports Congress, it is in effect the end of NEA. Then,
there's the question of Congressional funding: Funding for NPR / NEA &
This petition is being passed around the Internet. Please add your name
to it so that funding can be maintained for the NEA, NPR & PBS. Please
keep this petition rolling. Do not reply to me. Please sign and forward
to others to sign. If you prefer not to sign please send to the e-mail
address indicated or return to me. Thanks.
This is being forwarded to several people at once to add their names to
the petition. It won't matter if many people receive the same list as
the names are being managed. This is for anyone who thinks NPR/PBS is a
worthwhile expenditure of $1.12/year of their taxes, a petition follows.
If you sign, please forward on to others. If not, please don't kill it -
in funding. In spite of the efforts of each station to reduce spending
costs and streamline their services, some government officials believe
that the funding currently going to these programs is too large a
portion of funding for something which is seen as not worthwhile.
Currently, taxes from the general public for PBS equal $1.12 per person
per year, and the National Endowment for the Arts equals $0.64 a year.
A January 1995 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll indicated that 76% of Americans
wish to keep funding for PBS, third only to national defense and law
enforcement as the most valuable programs for federal funding.
Each year, the Senate and House Appropriations committees each have 13
subcommittees with jurisdiction over many programs and agencies. Each
subcommittee passes its own appropriation bill. The goal each year is to
have each bill signed by the beginning of the fiscal year, which is
October 1. The only way that our representatives can be aware of the
base of support for PBS and funding for these types of programs is by
making our voices heard.
Please add your name to this list and forward it to friends if you
believe in what we stand for. This list will be forwarded to the
President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States,
and Representative Newt Gingrich, who is the instigator of the action to
cut funding to these worthwhile programs.
*If you happen to be the 150th, 200th, 250th, etc., signer of this
petition, please forward a copy to: <wein2688.
This way we can keep track of the lists and organize them. Forward this
to everyone you know, and help us to keep these programs alive.
NOTE: It is preferable that you SELECT the entirety of this letter and
then COPY it into a new outgoing message rather than simply forwarding
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