Robert Redford is speaking out against Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget cut to the arts. In an open letter, Redford credited the National Endowment for the Arts for the success of his Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, saying that the funding “must not only survive, but thrive.”
“This is entirely the wrong approach at entirely the wrong time,” he wrote. “We need to invite new voices to the table, we need to offer future generations a chance to create and we need to celebrate our cultural heritage.”
Redford noted that the NEA budget is small compared to other government spending, writing that “more than dollars, the NEA represents a civilization that values critical and creative thought.”
“I’m asking you to please join me in adding your voice to the chorus of concerned citizens by contacting your congressional representative and voicing your opposition to these cuts and in favor of continued support for the role the arts play in enriching our American story.”
Trump’s $1.15 trillion budget (unveiled to Congress on Thursday) cuts funding for many arts organizations, including public broadcasting, to finance an increase in the military and put a down payment on the U.S.-Mexico border wall.