Wisconsin's 45-year-old humanities council could vanish and programs created to foster creative thinking in schoolchildren could be on the line if President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate federal funding for the arts and humanities comes to fruition, local officials said Thursday. The NEA contributes millions of dollars to both large and small cultural organizations across MA.
Rapid City Arts Council Executive Director Pepper Massey says, "Economic development".
Walker also says it's ironic that this news comes during the year that marks the centennial of MA son John F. Kennedy's birth.
Among entities that would be completely shuttered are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services. The organization's last NEA grant was $10,000 for a community leadership program.
Madison Opera general director Kathryn Smith said in a statement that the "NEA support is very important to us", and the agency's block grant to the state helps fund programs such as the company's free Opera in the Park event, which draws some 16,000 people each summer.
Opera for the Young, a program that goes into Madison-area schools, has received $77,000 directly from the NEA since 2013.
She points to grants given to organizations that serve rural and economically-depressed communities.
In 2016, this funding touched 419 organizations in the five boroughs, allowing them to expand programs, elevate their profiles and - by leveraging the credibility that an NEA grant bestows - attract more donors and institutional sponsors.
The NEA recently celebrated its 50th year supporting the arts.
That federal money was used in conjunction with almost $11 million in state money to provide funding to cultural councils that support local projects in municipalities across the state.
Fitchburg Art Museum director Nick Capasso.
Portnow also addressed the impact that the arts has on the economy and culture at large. Capasso says they've applied for another Our Town grant to support a Cultural Master Plan for Fitchburg and are waiting to hear back.
Arts leaders say that stipulation is a strong driver of fundraising, because federal funding, though relatively small, boosts the prestige of arts projects, and that prestige attracts more funding.
In turn, the cuts would help provide funds for defense spending.
The NEA also funds some of Seattle's big arts groups.
"When you have the conversation around what's going on in the city, you often hear about the negative aspects of Lawrence, but there's this arts and culture renaissance happening in the city", said Victor. At this time, the NEA continues to operate as usual and will do so until a new budget is enacted by Congress. The budget, titled "America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again", must pass through the House and Senate budget committees and a vote on the House and Senate floors in order to be adopted, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.