Advocates Raise The Alarm Over Ripple Effects Of Eliminating NEH, NEA

21 Mars, 2017, 11:58 | Auteur: Edgar Lajoie
  • Matisse's Goldfish and Palette next to Diebenkorn's Urbana #5 showing the affinities between the two artists in a show at SFMOMA

The NEA's Our Town program leverages public and private partnerships to contribute to community planning and development - making US cities and towns more vibrant places to live. "There really is a fragile ecosystem for the arts in this country".

"Rural communities in particular are not reached by other sources of funding for history, and literature programs, programs that are delivered through museums and libraries", Stephen Kidd, the executive director of the National Humanities Alliance, told TPM.

As the 5th Avenue's Armstrong and others interviewed for this story mentioned, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously refused to siphon off arts funding to fund the military for World War II, announcing that: "The arts are essential to any complete national life".

The federal budget proposal unveiled by the White House on Thursday pours money into defense spending and drains the coffers of three federal agencies that provide financial support to many Central Massachusetts arts and cultural organizations.

"The historic investment in the NEA has been fractional compared to other government spending but the dividends of this investment in our culture are unquantifiable".

Preston Whiteway, executive director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, pointed out superstars whose careers were boosted by NEA-funded projects at the O'Neill. In the past two fiscal years, Durham has received $458,000 in NEA funding, DeVries stated. Then, with the permission of the shop owners, they were displayed in the storefront windows along the main street.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) director Neal Benezra says the museum couldn't have co-curated its current Matisse/Diebenkorn show without NEA support, seeing as paintings by Matisse are valued in the millions and tens of millions of dollars.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, saying: "Art is a nation's most precious heritage". Wilkins called the president's proposed budget "a shame but not a surprise".

Overall the NEH has awarded more than 1,400 grants to archaeological projects worldwide. The President's budget refocuses on the safety and security of the American people. As part of the program, the teachers are able to meet with authors ranging from Khaled Hosseini to Luis Valdez and Maxine Hong Kingston. The Caller identified nine grants totaling $280,000 that were dedicated to plays promoting LGBTQ lifestyles in this year alone. Yes, I support federal funding of the arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but I think there's a lot of baggage that both sides carry in the relationship. In an open letter on the Sundance Institute's website, Redford wrote that the NEA "Must Survive and Thrive".

That money is also spread out among more than 200 organizations, community art festivals, performances, special events and other initiatives.

Jerry Franklin, CEO of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, said they would lose $1.9 million from a budget of $21 million. Let me make it perfectly clear: the United States of America is an enduring humanistic experiment. The priestly elite in Jerusalem was often corrupt, and often oppressed those who practiced religious rites they sought to eradicate. Some Congress members were worried that FTP funds were going to nefarious political purposes.

John Kennedy Toole's tragicomic novel A Confederacy of Dunces was still a manuscript a decade after his death, until Toole's mother, having been turned down by numerous publishers, lobbied a Loyola University New Orleans professor to read it. The professor recommended it for publication to the Louisiana State University Press, which applied to the Arts Endowment for a grant to help with the publishing costs.

"These are not huge grants - they're from $30,000 to $75,000 - but they have an enormous impact on their communities", Walker says.

Couching outrage and frustration over the Trump budget in humor proved to be a popular coping strategy. Around 5,000 creative industries employ more than 70,000 people, generating $9 billion in revenue, as well as $2 billion in wages. Conservative politicians have opposed using federal funds to support the humanities and the arts since the beginning.

But some have debated the value of such efforts.

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