Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Local arts groups step up advocacy on divergent arts funding proposals

Local arts groups step up advocacy on divergent arts funding proposals

On Feb. 15, 24 US senators sent a letter to President Trump expressing their support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which would also be de-funded if the budget is approved. "And yet, even with such a small budget, the NEA supports industries that employ millions of Americans and generate billions of dollars every year in revenue and tax dollars".

Says CAC director Watson: "This is the beginning of the battle".

"What we have here is an attack upon global citizenship and national civic culture", Jim Grossman, the executive director of the American Historical Association, told TPM of the potential elimination of the NEH.

According to a release from dance advocacy organization Dance/USA, this is the first time a president has actually proposed to completely cut the NEA.

"I put myself in the shoes of that steelworker in OH, the coal-mining family in West Virginia, the mother of two in Detroit, and I'm saying, okay, I have to go ask these folks for money and I have to tell them where I'm going to spend it", Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

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.

With Trump's call to eliminate the endowments looming, advocates are mobilizing their members to call their Congressional representatives and urge them to support the arts and humanities. "Because he believed that great civilizations embrace and build their foundation of freedom on an artistic platform".

The Wisconsin Arts Board received $817,600 from the NEA this year, a figure that is matched by the state. In 2016, the Endowment's funding was just $148 million.

"These are not huge grants - they're from $30,000 to $75,000 - but they have an enormous impact on their communities", Walker says.

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NEA: 14 grants totaling $983,000 - $718,800 of which went to the VAC.

She points to grants given to organizations that serve rural and economically-depressed communities. "And in New Bedford, there's a Working Waterfront Festival celebrating the history and the working skills of the fisherman in the area".

In 2015, the National Endowment of the Humanities funded 115 projects classified as "educational programs" with more than $13 million in federal funding. Still, why should the rest of us suffer through four years of no arts? "There's just nothing. The only way we can really raise money for some of these visionary projects is with the help of the NEA". 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".

Marianne K. Lods, CMSM Executive Director talks about Clay College Ceramic Art Studio at Cumberland County College downtown Millville campus Thursday Feb 23, 2017.

The Writers Guild of America West and East and IATSE have concerns that stem into both the current roles of artists and those who benefit from their work today, but are also concerned on the affect this cut would have on the importance and relevance of art in the American culture for future generations.

Now the city and the museum are converting abandoned historic buildings into affordable artist live/work spaces.

Among those is the Northeast Document Conservation Center, based in Andover, which works to preserve rare books and documents, digitize them, and provide support to libraries, archives, and museums. It is people at the low end of the economic ladder who stand to lose the most if the NEA is gone.

Congress is slated to approve a new budget in October. CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison called for the preservation of her organization in a statement published this morning.

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