Trump's Budget Cuts Arts Programs For Kids & That's A Travesty


Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote by 2,864,974 votes, on Thursday proposed a budget that includes gutting the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Barnes says he will be reaching out to New York's federal representatives in the hopes these budget cuts for the arts and museums do not become a reality. It was the third year the collaborative received funding for reservation residencies. However, the best strategy for sustainability is to look outside of the public enterprise to secure private support through foundations and individual philanthropists who are sympathetic to the arts.

Meanwhile, Theater Bay Area Director Brad Erickson is heading a delegation of state arts leaders flying to Washington on Monday and Tuesday (March 20 and 21) to lobby Congress on what they're calling an Arts Advocacy Day.

"Everything we do is in partnership with community organizations", he said, citing in particular Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project, which brings together communities to discuss topics ranging from immigrants and refugees to Oregonians' relationship with the wild.

"$148 million, the National Endowment for the Arts, accounts for 0.004% of the entire federal budget", said Randy Ham, the Executive Director of the Odessa Arts Council, "But the Arts return $22 billion in revenue to federal, state and local economies".

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit: $25,000 to support an artist residency, exhibition and accompanying catalog, an Imagine Your Parks project. In the past three years alone, Conner Prairie has received almost $15,000 from the Indiana Arts Commission, funds re-granted from the NEA, to help support art programs.

Durham's internationally recognized American Dance Festival has taken in $140,000 from the NEA over the past two years to fund the presentation of dance companies from around the world, along with educational and outreach initiatives.

The Martin Museum showcases art of many forms, including sculptures such as the one above.

It was the first time a president has called for ending the endowments. Particularly when, right now, the arts are helping us develop our resistance and resilience as we watch the country descend into chaos before our very eyes. The potential eliminations could hurt many arts organizations across the state.

First came the daunting Congressional Budget Office report on Monday, which projected that if Congress approves the Trump-backed American Health Care Act - the House Republican plan for replacing Obamacare - 14 million people would lose their health insurance within a year. "That amount that is allocated, it would be such a shame", Brody said of the National Endowment for the Arts. Understanding the benefits of the arts "is apparent to a lot of people, regardless of what your political party is, and I think that's going to stand us in good stead".

"Mr. President, you were the brains behind 'The Art of the Deal.' When deals crossed your desk, the guaranteed matching funds for every dollar you invested, you signed them". "It's complicated to get any one number", says Killacky, noting that even he was surprised at how much federal funding local arts orgs collectivelyrely on.

GCA uses both that NEA money and additional state funding to award its own grants in Georgia: $1.2 million in all to 186 different recipients this year, said executive director Karen Paty.