Thursday, March 16, 2017

Help save the NEA! Become a member.

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Academy of American Poets
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038

Dear Friend, 


This morning's news that the proposed federal budget includes cutting the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities is a serious threat to the Academy of American Poets and the poets we serve.


In the weeks and months ahead we will be helping to lead efforts among literary organizations to try to save this funding, and to advocate for poets. Please become a member or make a donation today. We need your help!


Poets don't have many opportunities to be funded for their work. Fellowships like those the NEA awards are rare and can be life-changing. This year alone, the NEA awarded 37 grants totaling $925,000 to poets from 19 different states.


The Academy of American Poets, which has worked with both the NEA and NEH for many decades, relies on funding from these agencies to make, National Poetry Month, and our K-12 education program possible.


As our Chancellors said last week in their unprecedented joint statement: "the NEA and NEH have, over the past fifty years, fostered an educated, broadly informed, and creative America at every level... Poetry matters. The arts and humanities encourage reflection, empathy, and imagination—all qualities necessary to our individual and collective success."

In the weeks and months ahead, the Academy of American Poets, as the nation's leading membership organization advocating for poets and poetry, needs you! Please join us today.


Thank you!


Jennifer Benka

Executive Director


P.S. Donate or join today and receive our #SAVEtheNEA bumper sticker. Find advocacy resources here




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