Equity President Kate Shindle calls on President Trump to fully fund the National Endowment for the Arts
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:16 pm EDT 03/17/17

Equity President Kate Shindle calls on President Trump to fully fund the National Endowment for the Arts

On March 16, 2017, Following news that President Trump proposed eliminating all funding for the NEA, Actors' Equity Association's President Kate Shindle delivered an impassioned speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., calling on President Trump to preserve the National Endowment of the Arts.

“The elimination of NEA seed money for theatre is a job killer. Not just for the actors and musicians onstage, or the writers and creative teams who create the material. Live theatre also provides jobs for people behind the scenes, like the stage managers and crew; and the people in front of the house, like ushers, box office and concession staff as well as those who have administrative jobs. Live theatre means work for those down the block: the wait staff in the restaurant, the bartenders, the taxi drivers and the parking lot attendants, to name only a few. All of these are jobs that can’t be outsourced. These are jobs that are locally–based and, more often than not, are small businesses. NEA funds provide the leverage that attracts other grants and investments. NEA money boosts economic growth across the country.

Coverage from the event:

Actors' Equity president to Trump: Arts are a good deal for communities [Washington Post 3/16/17] “Shindle employed a line of argument tailored to the current political climate and to the budget-slashing president in the White House: The arts, she said, are an economic engine…”

Trump’s Budget Would Have Dire Effects On Local And Regional Arts Programs [Huffington Post 3/16/17] "‘Local and regional theater companies receiving NEA funds create a variety of jobs’, according to Shindle. She is currently starring in the national touring production of 'Fun Home,' the Tony Award-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel. ‘In addition to artists and performers, arts organizations employ people in positions including administrative and technical work. They also drive tourism and real estate development in the regions that they serve,’ Shindle said."

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments [New York Times 3/15/17] “A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Actors' Equity President opposes defunding federal arts grants, cites job creation [National Press Club 3/16/17] "President Donald Trump’s budget proposal cuts domestic programs, including eliminating the NEA with its $149 million annual budget. Cutting the grant-making agency means that job creation in more than 16,000 communities 'is on the chopping block, and it shouldn’t be,' Shindle said."

Arts and Humanities on President Trump’s Budget Chopping Block [American Theatre 3/16/17] "Actors’ Equity Association president Kate Shindle addressed President Trump directly, citing his bestseller The Art of the Deal: 'In that book you wrote extensively about leverage. Estimates reveal that each dollar in NEA seed money can be leveraged to result in $9 in public and private money to support the arts in America. The NEA is an exceptional example of a relatively small portion of the federal budget paying huge dividends for arts institutions and jobs.'"

Actors' Equity President Kate Shindle calls Trump's proposed elimination of NEA grants "a job killer" [Time Out New York 3/16/17] “In a statement first obtained by Time Out, Kate Shindle—President of Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents 50,000 American stage actors and stage managers—has offered an official response to President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle Speaks Out Against Proposed NEA Cuts [Playbill 3/16/17] “Following her speech, Shindle outlined steps ‘the average citizen’ can do in response to this budget proposal: ‘[Make] it clear that the arts are not something that are frivolous; the arts are a job creator, an economic engine, and a valuable part of our community.’”

Recording Academy, PBS Respond to Trump's Arts-Slashing Budget: 'Shortsighted and Alarming' [Billboard 3/17/17] "The elimination of NEA seed money for theatre is a job killer," said Actors' Equity president Kate Shindle."

How Trump’s budget threatens ‘essential’ LA after-school programs, arts [Los Angeles Daily News 3/16/17] "The Actors’ Equity Association, a union representing live theater actors and stage managers, issued a statement pushing back against the proposed cuts. 'The elimination of NEA seed money for theater is a job killer,’ said President Kate Shindle in the statement.'"

In the Trump budget debate, it's back to the future - the 1980s [St. Louis Post-Dispatch 3/16/17] “Within hours of Trump’s budget release, Kate Shindle, former Miss America and president of the 50,000-members Actors Equity union, was denouncing the potential cuts…”

San Diego arts leaders react to proposed NEA funding cuts [San Diego Union-Tribune 3/16/17] "A separate statement from Actors' Equity, the major actors’ union, noted the arts are a $700 billion national industry that directly employs 4.7 million, adding: 'The elimination of NEA seed money for theater is a job killer.'"

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