The morning of March 16, 2017, the Trump Administration released its budget proposal which includes the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). A significant portion of the funding for the Mind Travelers Aquarium was provided by the Art Project Grant which was administered by the Iowa Arts Council (IAC), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, which allowed me to garner up and secure additional funding support for the other portion of the funding that allowed this project to happen.
It is my duty as an artist and a recipient of Project Grant (FY cycle 2017) from NEA via IAC to provide concrete examples of how it affected the lives of those of us who experienced this project. If you have been impacted by visiting my exhibit or participating in my public workshops/events/artist talk or simply by the online presence of this project, please take a moment to fill out THIS SURVEY HERE to share how it affected YOU. My hope is to gather information of your experience to make a case study to share the impact of a NEA funded artist-led project to our elected officials, to push to advocate for opposing the proposed elimination of the NEA. The more specifics that you can provide, the better!
Thank you in advance for taking the time.
LONG LIVE NEA,
Sayuri Sasaki Hemann
March 17, 2017