For Immediate Release March 16, 2017
Actors' Equity president Shindle to advocate against cuts to federal arts funding TODAY
WASHINGTON --Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association, will advocate against funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and answer questions at a National Press Club Newsmaker press event this morning, Thursday, March 16 at 10 a.m. in the National Press Club’s Bloomberg Room.
In his budget proposals released today, President Donald Trump has called for deep cuts in domestic programs to fund a $54 billion increase in defense spending, including the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and its $149 million budget.
Shindle argues NEA grants not only create jobs in the theatre but foster employment in restaurants, hospitality, retail, and transportation in theatre districts throughout the country. The NEA funds arts programs in 16,000 communities and every Congressional district.
The Actors’ Equity Association represents 50,000 stage actors and stage managers across the nation. Shindle, a former Miss America (1998), who is currently touring in the Broadway production of "Fun Home," has led the association since 2015. In addition to her work on stage, she has appeared in major motion pictures, such as “Capote.”
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