“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson

The Arts Council plays a pivotal role in communicating to private, public, and corporate leaders that the arts are important in the lives of our citizens.  We stress that the arts create vibrant communities, providing educational and leisure opportunities for our residents and appealing attractions for visitors.

Art makes us human, catalyzing hope and empathy in our everyday life. In spite of this, government funding for the arts is under attack alongside policies that will change our community. With so much at stake, the role of the arts is more important than ever.



What’s at stake

  • Support NEA funding at 155 million per year in FY18
  • CT received $1.46 million from the NEA in FY17
  • NEA funding supports 4.13 million jobs


Action Steps

  • Call – Tell our elected representatives why the arts matter to you
  • Write – Pick up your Save the NEA postcard at the Arts Council offices today
  • Donate – In response to this funding risk, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven will not participate in The Great Give this May 2-3 but asks that you donate instead to our local arts organizations


Contact Information

  • Senator Richard Blumenthal
    • (202) 224-2823
    • 706 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
  • Senator Chris Murphy
    • (202) 224-4041
    • 136 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
  • Representative Rosa DeLauro
    • (202) 225-3661 2413
    • 2413 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515



  • Please share our Save the NEA postcard far and wide
    • Download the postcard files here


Articles & Research


Useful links:

Americans for the Arts

Connecticut Arts Alliance

Connecticut Economic Prosperity Report

Connecticut General Assembly – Find your Legislators

DECD/CT Office of the Arts

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies