A Statement from the Loft: Protect the NEA

Posted on Thu, Mar 23 2017 9:00 am by Britt Udesen

Photo Credit: Anna Min of Anna Min Enterprises


Dear Loft Community,

From Day One, you’ve built and grown the Loft into the literary powerhouse it is today. As I’m sure you’ve seen, last week the Trump Administration proposed the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. While this cut would have a minimal impact on the federal budget, it would have a devastating impact on artists and arts organizations across the country, including the Loft and the community of readers and writers we serve (you!).

The stakes of this proposal are high, so I’ll get right to the point: will you help us protect the NEA and the vital funding it grants to the Loft?

Below are some concrete actions you can take right now. This isn’t a done deal. Together, we can make our voices heard and fight for the immense power that art and writing have to make our nation and world a better place.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued support.


Britt Udesen
Executive Director


  1. If you’re not already a member, JOIN TODAY with a contribution of any amount. We already rely on member support to do everything we do, but if our NEA funding is eliminated, contributions from members will be even more vital to the Loft’s work.

  2. Voice your support of the NEA to Congress.

  • EMAIL members of the Senate and the House here.

  • Or even better, CALL your Senators and Representative.

    • CLICK HERE to find your Senators’ contact information.

    • CLICK HERE to find your U.S. Representative’s contact information.

Here is a draft script for you to use:

“My name is ___ and I am constituent of [Senator/Representative] ____ .  I’m calling today to urge the [Senator/Representative] to oppose the President’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. Can you tell me whether [Senator/Representative] will pledge to protect the National Endowment for the Arts?”

  • If the staffer says yes, say thank you. “Please convey my support to [Senator/Representative] ____ for his/her stand on this issue.”

  • If the staffer says no, or is not able to say what the Senator/Representative’s position is, tell them why you think it is important. Personal stories are best. Tell them why you—as a writer, a cultural worker, a reader and a fan of literature and the arts—value the NEA.