NEA funding

MCB Executive Director Michael Scolamiero remarks on the recent proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts – one of MCB’s most valued partners and the nation’s single largest funder of the arts. Please show your support by taking a moment to sign the national petition to save the NEA.

Dear Miami City Ballet Family,

As Miami City Ballet closes another stellar season of dance that has featured the highly anticipated world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Fairy’s Kiss, four widely different company premieres, and our return to the Guggenheim Museum’s prestigious “Works & Process” series, we also turn our eyes toward the future of one of our most valued partners and the nation’s single largest funder of the nonprofit arts – the National Endowment for the Arts.

The proposed elimination of the NEA threatens the sustainability of the entire nonprofit arts industry (a $730 billion industry that represents 4.2% of the nation’s GDP), the exceptional artistic and outreach programming presented by arts organizations nationwide, and the vital experiences enjoyed by the millions of individuals who are moved and transformed by the arts each and every day.

Without the National Endowment for the Arts, MCB’s ability to present the quality of groundbreaking work for which we are now known will be compromised. In recent years, the NEA has awarded MCB sizeable grants in support of the creation and presentation of new, innovative works. NEA grants were instrumental in the creation of Justin Peck’s Heatscape, our underwater reimagining of George Balanchine’s masterwork, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and most recently, the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Fairy’s Kiss. These works have put South Florida on the map as a hub for cultural innovation and, on a national level, help to keep the art form relevant and evolving in the 21st century.

Although current funding for the NEA amounts to just $0.46 per capita, the imprimatur of NEA support holds immeasurable significance to the cultural arts and artists that form the lifeblood of our diverse communities. Therefore, we urge you – a supporter of the arts and a member of the MCB Family – to stand alongside the artists of Miami City Ballet and petition to save the NEA by taking the following steps:

  1. Sign the national petition created by Americans for the Arts: https://secure.artsactionfund.org/page/s/trump-arts-petition.
  2. Send a customizable message to your elected US Representative and US Senators and urge them to oppose attempts to eliminate the NEA: https://www.votervoice.net/ARTSUSA/Campaigns/47344/Respond.
  3. Post on social media to rally support to save the NEA using the hashtags #SavetheNEA and #ArtsAdvocacy

 

Thank you in advance for making your voice heard.

Very truly yours,

 

Michael Scolamiero

Executive Director