Celebrities react to Trump's proposed budget cuts for the arts

21 Mars, 2017, 11:58 | Auteur: Valentin Naude
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This "contradiction" in efforts and results offers strong support to the drive to end federal funding, says NEA critic David Marcus, who is also the artistic director of the Blue Box World, a Brooklyn-based theater project (which receives no federal funding). News would arrive over weeks and months that illiterate Vandals had again plundered Rome, and burned its great libraries to the ground. The budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including long-standing conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

Correction: this article originally cited 1857 as the date the National Endowment for the Arts was founded; in fact the National Education Association was founded on this date. It would be far cheaper for most small market stations to completely cut their staffs and local news teams and instead run national NPR programming like "All Things Considered", "Morning Edition" and "Wait Wait..." As a federal government agency, the NEA cannot engage in advocacy, either directly or indirectly. According to a recent report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the art and cultural production contributed more than $704 billion to the US economy in 2013, accounting for 4.2 percent of the US GDP. "If you shut down the public fund, it's like taking your jugular out". It goes on to say, "the Wyoming Art's Council awarded $893,810 in grants for 2015" to "25 artists, 123 nonprofit organizations, 17 state government entities, 17 county government, five municipal entities and four other grantees".

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

So, no poem, and no work of art, can be undertaken for profit: Art is not instrumental. "We're not talking about 1% of the federal budget".

The $147.9 million budget of the National Endowment for the Arts makes up merely.004 percent of the federal budget. As our society concentrates ever more wealth in a small oligarchy, we are becoming a nation of narcissistic idolaters.

"We've been through this fight before, and we know that our legislators on both sides of the aisle appreciate our value", Ammermuller said. A collective that stands for nothing other than the disparate desires of its constituents. "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". As I said, there's too much supply and not enough demand for the arts.

The art programs that the NEA sponsors have a huge impact on education. The priestly elite in Jerusalem was often corrupt, and often oppressed those who practiced religious rites they sought to eradicate.

Since 1990, 95 of the 164 American recipients of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were prior recipients of NEA fellowships.

Art can also benefit our personal well-being, as music and visual art therapy are common ways to help treat mental and physical illness. The organization itself must be felt, and not thought out: You're feeling for a physical coherence of linked images, pulses (rhythm), sounds (rhyme) and more.

But this is not really about money.

And, to some, Trump's proposal seems foolhardy.

"One postage stamp of funding per person per year: a multiplying sustenance for jazz players and painters; playwrights and actors; novelists and translators; filmmakers and dance troupes; performance poets and page poets; scholars of the blues, of trains, of words scratched into the walls of Angel Island; cultural programs and centers in every state and of every kind. Outreach will focus on low- to moderate-income artists to ensure that individuals are aware of the affordable housing options available". Through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, my poetry began to get better, though my surfing never did. In it, Trump bemoans in a trumped-up quote: "We have not seen one single NEA-backed project come close to justifying its cost since the Swedish-American sculptor debuted his Pop Art masterpiece in 1970, challenging the way we grapple with questions of industrialization and decay".

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