Culture&Arts

BURNS: Arts, humanities should remain a priority

BURNS: Arts, humanities should remain a priority

"What people have to realize is that NEA funding is tied to State Council on the Arts funding", said Marshall Jones III, producing artistic director of the Tony-winning Crossroads Theatre Co.in New Brunswick.

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.

Victor said the grant money helped them rent video equipment to make a short video around the curriculum, which won Most Outstanding Short Film at the Essex Art Center Jazz and Film Festival. The Blue Star Museums program offers free museum admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day - 12 L.A. museums participated in 2016.

That federal money was used in conjunction with almost $11 million in state money to provide funding to cultural councils that support local projects in municipalities across the state.

Anderson said Rep. Chellie Pingree, a 1st District Democrat, has always been a champion of cultural funding and programs. "The arts and the humanities belong to the people, for it is after all, the people who create them".

Without the federal money, Anderson supposed Humanities' only choice would be to raise the $500,000 a year from private donations. "And here in these rural areas, we make a huge impact".

He noted WVIK already has lost $60,000 in state funding. The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other Great Society-era programs also would be eliminated.

"We can't know our present, understand our present or where we're going if we don't know where we've been" she said. "To have arts completely cut.it's not serving humanity".


"We reach nearly every county", Cinda Holt, the council's interim co-director, said. Jesse Helms, to cut funding to the NEA or to control what it funds.

The Academy "will ask Congress to maintain funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and renew our commitment to America's creators", Portnow added. Holt said. "That would be the broad-stroke sample".

"We have been very fortunate at the National Museum of American Jewish History to receive several grants from the NEH for the last few years", said Ivy Barsky CEO of the museum, citing both the current "1917" exhibit and the "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American" exhibit, which travelled across the country and included a curriculum on how to teach American history through baseball. And the Library Foundation of Los Angeles received a grant through the NEA's Big Read program, which encourages residents of a community to all share in reading the same book. It was the third year the collaborative received funding for reservation residencies. Susan Collins and Angus King recently signed a bipartisan letter with 22 colleagues calling for preservation of funding for the arts and humanities.

"Theses agencies would be abolished", Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of PEN America, an advocate for the NEA and NEH, told TPM. "It would have a cascading effect on public broadcasting".

At WNET in New York City, federal funding accounts for only 15 percent of the budget, said Jeanne Ammermuller, the public station's director of institutional marketing.

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) received $120,000 from the NEA a year ago, and the group stretched that money to support the work of everything from Ohlone basket weavers to producers of Vietnamese opera and Cowboy poets. The NEH and NEA were last reauthorized more than two decades ago, increasing their vulnerability in Congress.

"My hope is there are enough Democrats and moderate Republicans to push it back", Pallone said.

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