Monday, May 8

Saving the NEA Won’t Save Culture


An arts-inspired sign, painted by artist Panhandle Slim, at the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
"On Friday, President Trump signed into law a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill, preventing a government shutdown and bringing to an end months of debate over his controversial budget, intended 'to take an ax to government spending.' Trump’s original proposal threatened dozens of federal institutions with elimination, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. ... The premiere federal agency for arts funding in the US, the NEA has doled out one hundred thousand grants in its fifty-year existence. It has sent the Martha Graham Dance Company on tour, paid Laurie Anderson to record 'O Superman,' and assisted in the creation of the American Film Institute. It has supplied much-needed funding to K–12 arts education, supported Native American cultural exhibitions, and even helped expectant mothers compose lullabies for their babies. ..."
Jacobin
NY Times: What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts?
Here’s What You Can Do To Protect National Arts And Culture Funding
W - National Endowment for the Arts
The Atlantic: Who Should Pay for the Arts in America?

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