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National Endowment for the Arts more than government agency

National Endowment for the Arts more than government agencyā€¯

The proposed federal budget by the Trump administration, announced the morning of Thursday, March 16, eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, or the NEA.

Bruce Barnes says eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would have a "tremendous negative effect" on the George Eastman Museum.

"New York City is the cultural capital of the world, but with NEA funding on the chopping block, hundreds of cultural organizations - and the children they serve - could suffer", Stringer said. The Blue Star Museums program offers free museum admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day - 12 L.A. museums participated in 2016.

Durham uses its state funds primarily for local arts organizations, and would continue to do so if the legislature increases the amount, DeVries said.

Anderson said Rep. Chellie Pingree, a 1st District Democrat, has always been a champion of cultural funding and programs. "For many of our visitors", Benezra wrote in an email, "these exhibitions represent the only opportunity in their lifetimes to enjoy and learn from these important works and the artists who created them". "And here in these rural areas, we make a huge impact".

Cultural funding is already far lower in the United States than in most of Europe, where governments often directly subsidise major institutions.

Locally, programs like the Odessa Shakespeare Festival and Pots and Prints are all funded in part by National Endowment funds.

"That event, though focused on an issue, was brought to you by an arts organization", Proctor said. Kidd described the cuts as an "assault on a wide range of humanities programs" that support a range of activities, including teaching and research.

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Responses from the likes of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts executive director John Killacky, Vermont Arts Council executive director Alex Aldrich and others could essentially be summed up thusly: " Sheeeeeit". Jesse Helms, to cut funding to the NEA or to control what it funds.

Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts has comprised around 30 percent to 40 percent of the Montana Arts Council's budget for the last 50 years.

Such approaches help us explore what makes us human, connect us with others and discover meaning and richness in our lives and our communities. Holt said. "That would be the broad-stroke sample".

MCT has received 13 grants form the NEA since 1998, ranging from $15,000 to $55,000. It was the third year the collaborative received funding for reservation residencies. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a source of funding for Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio, would also be done away with under the Trump plan. "I'm alarmed by it but I've seen the convulsions the NEA has gone through in the past", said Peter Sutton, director of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

He said the Maine Humanities Council normally gets about half of its funding from the federal government, though a couple of big competitive grants recently boosted the amount to about 70 percent a year ago.

The same goes for NEA grants, according to Cristine Davis, the general manager of the Performing Arts Alliance.

"It is easier to raise money from private corporations, from individuals, and from foundations if one can say that this project has been vetted by the NEH's rigorous peer review process", he said.

"My hope is there are enough Democrats and moderate Republicans to push it back", Pallone said. "They are the earliest dollars, but sometimes the earliest dollars are the 'confidence dollars, ' and have given us success in philanthropy otherwise", said Tom Loughman, CEO of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. "But we also take the threats very seriously".



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