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Save The NEA

In March, the White House released a proposed budget that would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts for FY2018.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera receives direct funding from the NEA for our education and community engagement programs – they were called “highly innovative and laudable” by NEA panelists – and receives indirect funding through the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts would pose a serious challenge to your CSO.

Use the resources below to show your support of the CSO and the arts.

Contact Your Elected Officials

One of the best ways to show your support is to write a letter to your particular elected official.  Download these sample letters, change the appropriate information, and mail them to your Senator and Representative.  Consider including a short, handwritten note at the bottom describing how the CSO or the Arts have played a role in your life.
Sample Letter 1
Sample Letter 2

Visit Americans for the Arts Action Fund to send a customizable email message to your elected representatives.

Not sure who your elected official is?

Find your Tennessee elected officials
Email Federal and State Officials

Mailing Addresses:

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)

Capitol Address
455 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Capitol Phone
(202) 224-4944

Capitol Fax
(202) 228-3398

District Address
900 Georgia Ave Rm 260
Chattanooga, TN 37402

District Phone
(423) 752-5337

District Fax
(423) 752-5342

Website
Facebook Page
Twitter @SenAlexander

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker

Senator Bob Corker (TN)

Capitol Address
425 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Capitol Phone
(202) 224-3344

Capitol Fax
(202) 228-0566

District Address
3322 W End Ave Ste 610
Nashville, TN 37203

District Phone
(615) 279-8125

District Fax
(615) 279-9488

Website
Facebook page
Twitter @SenBobCorker

Representative Chuck Fleischmann

Representative Chuck Fleischmann (TN)

Capitol Address
2410 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Capitol Phone
(202) 225-3271

Capitol Fax
(202) 225-3494

District Address
900 Georgia Ave Rm 126
Chattanooga, TN 37402

District Phone
(423) 756-2342

District Fax
(423) 756-6613

Facebook page
Twitter @RepChuck

Representative Scott DesJarlais

Representative Scott DesJarlais (TN)

Capitol Address
2301 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Capitol Phone

(202) 225-6831

Capitol Fax
(202) 226-5172

District Address
807 S Garden St
Columbia, TN 38401

District Phone
(931) 381-9920

District Fax
(931) 381-9945

Facebook page
Twitter @DesJarlaisTN04

Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson

Senator Johnny Isakson (GA)
Capitol Address
131 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Capitol Phone
(202) 224-3643

Capitol Fax
(202) 228-0724

District Address
3625 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 970
Atlanta, GA 30339

District Phone
(770) 661-0999

District Fax
(770) 661-0768

Website
Facebook Page
Twitter @SenatorIsakson

Georgia Senator David Perdue

Senator David Perdue (GA)

Capitol Address

383 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Capitol Phone
(202) 224-3521

Capitol Fax
(202) 228-1031

District Address

191 Peachtree St NE Ste 3250
Atlanta, GA 30303

District Phone
(404) 865-0087

District Fax
(404) 865-0311

Website
Facebook Page
Twitter @ sendavidperdue

Georgia Representative Tom Graves

Representative Tom Graves (GA)

Capitol Address

2078 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Capitol Phone
(202) 225-5211

Capitol Fax
(202) 225-8272

District Address
702 South Thornton Avenue
Dalton, GA 30720-8211

District Phone
(706) 226-5320

District Fax
(706) 278-0840

Website
Facebook
Twitter @reptomgraves

 

The Federal Budget Process

The President’s budget request is a first step in a very long budget process. The final budget will be written by and passed by Congress over the next few months, which means that NOW is the most important time to act.