Federal budget proposal puts local arts at risk


The NEA and also the National Endowment for the Humanities are eliminated, as is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Jane Chu, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, has informed her staff of the president's decision to eliminate both programs.

"Ninety percent of our funding comes from the NEH".

While the Q-C Symphony doesn't directly get NEA funds, it benefits through NEA grants to Iowa and IL, executive director Ben Loeb said.

The concert and other community events throughout the year are sponsored by the Arts and Humanities council of SWLA.

Sofia Klatzker, executive director of Arts for LA, said that though arts organizations may get only a small part of their funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, they generally leverage that funding many times over.

Over 200,000 Americans have signed a petition asking Congress to oppose Trump's proposal. This is distributed to more than 300 arts and culture organizations statewide. "We are still hopeful that our representatives and senators will speak up for the arts". NEA funding goes to every congressional district in the country; many programs in America will simply lose the resources for arts education and opportunities to participate in the arts.

This year, the NEA is making $3.5 million in grants in MA.

But, she said, if there are big cuts, "it would impact us greatly" because nearly half of the agency's money flows through the NEA.

The theater company's shows and programs are made possible through funding from The NJ State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, as well the state's Division of Travel and Tourism, season partners and patrons. According to the meme, when confronted with the prospect of defunding the arts during WWII, the British prime minister wondered aloud, "Then what are we fighting for?" "But, as a symbol of having gone through a rigorous selection process, private dollars do flow".

If the funds are cut, it would be the first time since 1966 that the federal government did not allocate any money to the NEA. "While Sesame Workshop now receives no direct funding from CPB or PBS, we stand firmly and passionately in support of the vital public investment that allows them to continue this important work".

By my count, since 1998, the NEA has funded at least 34 grants that mention video games, encompassing over a hundred thousand dollars allocated to schools incubating game design projects.

According to a search of the NEA's website, 101 Los Angeles-based arts non-profits received NEA grants in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

In their letter to Trump, the 24 senators pointed out that the NEA and NEH have been around since 1965 and have proven critically important to American culture.

"This is the "public comment" period right now for people", Mckay said.

CPB: $1,723,623 - $969,113 to Vermont Public Television; $754,510 to Vermont Public Radio. State and local arts organizations partially depend on federal funding to sustain accessible arts programs throughout the country―not just in major metropolitan areas. "We've had a lot of inquiries from across the state". "The elimination of this funding would be devastating to nonprofit arts organizations such as MPAC and the communities we serve".

The President's budget released today proposing the elimination of funding for the NEA, NEH and IMLS is shortsighted and does a awful disservice to the American people. In the case of the BPO, Jenkins said programming certainly would be affected but the entire organization would not be at risk.

"We weren't exactly surprised but we were always hopeful it wouldn't come to pass", said Kate Jenkins of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, regarding the proposed budget. "People respond to the clear need, but it's not a replacement". "The NEA comprises far, far less than 1 percent of the federal budget. Across Wisconsin nearly half a million people listen to WPR a week".

"None of our museums are probably going to close as a result of this budget, although that's not impossible", Barsky said.



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