A brief history of the National Endowment for the Arts

  • A brief history of the National Endowment for the Arts

A brief history of the National Endowment for the Arts

Yesterday morning, the Trump administration released its proposed federal budget for financial year 2018, making good on the USA president's threats to cut all funding to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH).

Trump's proposed budget, released early Thursday, zeroes out funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media's educational and informational programming and services".

The cuts proposed by Trump - and Republicans going as far back as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan - could potentially cut off a lifeline of funding to programs in the Merrimack Valley that receive grant money through the state organizations that receive partnership grants from the federal government to reallocate locally.

In total, the cuts would remove $971 from the national budget, to increase spending on other agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection, Department of Defense and Homeland Security.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the NEA and NEH into law in 1965.

About 100,000 students a day attend Beyond the Bell programs, said Alvaro Cortes, the executive director of the program.

CT cultural leaders reacted with dismay on Thursday to the proposed elimination of federal arts funding to thousands of arts and humanities projects nationwide each year, both small community organizations and major museums and performing-arts entities.

The NEA runs the federal indemnification project.

Both endowments have come under scrutiny in the past from conservatives looking to slash their funding or eliminate their funding entirely.

According to the Times, the NEA and NEH will operate business as usual until Trump's budget goes through Congress, which has final say.

"There has never been an administration like this one, so we don't know what to expect", he said. "It doesn't seem like a move to save money so much as an ideological statement about what he thinks is important in our society and our country", said Steve Collins, executive director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

"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.

L.A.'s Best - created in the late 1980s by Mayor Tom Bradley to address inadequate supervision of children from 3-6 p.m. - organizes after-school programs for about 25,000 kids in Los Angeles, serving them snacks, involving them in activities and helping with homework.

But opponents of the plan say that - ironically - the elimination of the arts agencies will do most damage in some of the parts of the country that had supported Trump the most. "For us to have that kind of stamp of approval has been unbelievable in the growth of this company".

Congress has considered proposals to kill federal arts and culture funding before, and rejected them.

Several Hollywood personalities immediately took to Twitter where they spoke out against the proposed budget cuts.