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Hyperallergic Reports on Growing Support for the National Endowment for the Arts

By Harriet Staff

As you might have gathered from our recent posts about the National Endowment for the Art’s current limbo status, we’re following the headlines with bated breath hoping that the NEA survives President Donald Trump’s proposition to transfer its funds to the national defense budget. At Hyperallergic, Claire Voon discusses a letter penned by over “150 members of Congress… strongly advocating for an increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) — a demand that represents a stark split from President Trump’s own calls to simply eliminate it, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and other agencies.” As Voon notes, this is a bit of a sea change in opinion, and hopefully one that sticks. More:

The signatories, notably, include 11 House Republicans, signaling growing bipartisan support for the NEA.

Penned by co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), the letter suggests raising support to $155 million from its current level of about $148 million. It was sent, at the end of March, to Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA), chairman of the House subcommittee that provides annual appropriations for the NEA and the NEH; and to Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), a ranking member of that subcommittee.

“Federal investment in the arts provides all Americans with expanded opportunities to engage with the arts in each state and district,” the letter reads. “The NEA reached its peak funding at $176 million in FY92, and has never fully recovered from a 40 percent budget cut in FY96.”

Read on at Hyperallergic.

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, April 14th, 2017 by Harriet Staff.