Key into what you can do.

Are you ready to key your policymakers into the value of the arts and sciences?

Email This to Your State Officials:

Personalized emails and letters can make an impact. Below, we provide you with several sample emails that you can copy and paste to send to your governor or state legislators. If possible, boost your impact by taking just a few minutes to make it more personal with these quick tips and suggestions.

Need contact information for your state officials? You can find it here.

Reach Out to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

Dear Senator [Insert Last Name]:

As one of your constituents, I am writing because the U.S. House of Representatives Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee recently voted to increase funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for FY 2021 to a level of $170 million. I hope you will continue to work to secure this funding level as the final outcome as the U.S. Senate considers FY 2021 appropriations.

As you know, the NEA and NEH are the primary sources for arts and humanities research, teaching, preservation, and public programming in the United States. Additionally, NEA and NEH funding strengthen the cultural infrastructure of communities like [Insert Your Town or City] in every state and territory across the nation.
I know you will face tough decisions in the months ahead. The arts and culture sector represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, and agriculture. The NEA and NEH are outstanding stewards of the relatively small amount of federal support -about the cost of one postage stamp for each American- they receive annually.
That’s why I want you to know that I believe that federal investments in the NEA and NEH are an essential priority for communities right now. Thank you for your service and please keep me informed of your activities.


Address, City, Zip


Urge State Officials to Restore Funding for Public Higher Education

Dear Governor/ Representative/ Senator [Insert Last Name]:

 As a constituent living in [City/Town], I am urging you to make funding for higher education a priority in the next fiscal year.

 While [Insert State] continues to emerge from the recession, I know that you will face tough decisions in the months ahead. That’s why I want you to know that I believe investments in higher education that include the arts and sciences are extremely important to the present and future of this state.

 I work in [Insert Industry or Company], and am worried that we are not keeping pace with other countries when it comes to educational attainment. A well-rounded arts and sciences education develops both inventive employees and thoughtful citizens. An arts and sciences education fosters creative thinking. In fact, 80 percent of Nobel Laureates in the sciences credit their innovative ability to arts training.

I firmly believe that we need to ensure that more of our state’s young people can access a quality higher education that prepares them for all of life. Again, I urge you to work with your colleagues to make funding for higher education that includes the arts and sciences a priority.


Please keep me informed about your efforts.

Sincerely yours,


Address, City, Zip


 Respond Productively When Your Official Publicly Disparages the Arts and Sciences

Dear Governor/ Senator/ Representative [Insert Last Name]:

As a constituent living in [Insert City/Town], I saw your recent comments about the arts and sciences in [insert local source]. I want to take this opportunity to convey why I strongly support a well-rounded arts and sciences education for today’s students.

The arts and sciences prepare students for a lifetime of success by developing inventive employees and thoughtful citizens. According to Academically Adrift, students majoring in the arts and sciences see bigger increases in the types of skills employers want when hiring: critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills. A credible new study finds that arts and sciences majors even out-earn their peers with professional or pre-professional majors by peak earnings age.

As a state, we do need to provide vocational training and opportunities. But practical skills and technological advancements will not solve our state’s most pressing problems alone. We need a strong base of human understanding to drive innovation and our economic growth. In short, we need to ensure access to quality arts and science education for students as well.

I hope you will reconsider your position and please keep me informed about your efforts.

Sincerely yours,

[Insert Name

Address, City, Zip


Tips and Suggestions to Make Your Call More Personal

  • Keep your message as short, simple, and specific as possible. If you can, reference pending legislation in your state or specific budget line items.
  • Tell a brief personal anecdote when possible to tie your message back home for your legislator.
  • Ask for a response by indicating you would appreciate a reply on the issue.
  • Follow up when appropriate by thanking your legislator when you agree with their votes or informing them when you disagree.

You are key to this movement.

There are quick and simple ways to help.