Following on #NEA365 and our calls to reach out to your Senators to reverse the House’s cuts to the NEA, a new national protest effort is emerging. Culture Stops! is a “citizen-driven, peaceful day of action by individuals and organizations in the creative sector across the United States, who share the simple belief that the power of creative thought is the lifeblood of democracy.” The campaign, which is coming out of Rhode Island, asks artists and organizations to mark the day, Thursday March 10, by making a statement about what a world without art would look like. Visit the Culture Stops! website for information. With the possible cuts to the NEA and NEH, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives’ approved de-funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, next week would be an excellent time to call attention to the arts and the importance of citizen advocacy. During curtain calls of plays at Trinity Repertory Company that night, members of the cast plan to speak about the repercussions of the proposed budget cuts and urge audience members to call their politicians and ask for arts funding to be retained. Check out this article to learn more about what’s happening in Providence.