After the POTUS's administration released a preliminary 2018 budget proposal, many spoke out against what was included in it, like the elimination of all $148 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $148 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an organization that supports public television like PBS and radio like NPR, the Washington Post reports. "In communities across the nation, NEA-supported projects ensure that the arts are accessible to all Americans, through arts education, healing arts and arts-based community development - as well as through projects that feature dance, music, visual arts, literature, folk and traditional arts, and more".
On March 16, the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu said that the proposed cuts would be disappointing, emphasizing that they can not engage in advocacy, either directly or indirectly.
Dianne Harris, the dean of the University of Utah's College of Humanities and a member of the National Humanities Alliance board of directors, concurred that nixing the NEH would be "devastating for our country". Sarmiento writes, "In addition to our direct grants, the NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies, state and local governments, state and regional arts agencies, and private nonprofits on projects that provide opportunities for thousands of Americans to experience quality arts programming throughout the country". Much of that funding is allocated to youth or community outreach programs in rural areas.
People in the MA arts and culture ecosystem have been dreading the Trump administration's budget proposal since rumors of arts funding cuts emerged a few months ago.
MCC executive director Anita Walker.
The Arts Council sent an email asking supporters to lean on their congressional representatives to keep NEA funding. Capasso says they've applied for another Our Town grant to support a Cultural Master Plan for Fitchburg and are waiting to hear back. "If the NEH is eliminated, the Wisconsin Humanities Council will cease to exist", she said. "That special grant - we just won't run the project now", Lods said. Last year, the NEA made more than 2,400 grants in nearly 16,000 communities in every Congressional District across the country.
NEA: 14 grants totaling $983,000 - $718,800 of which went to the VAC. Since 2010, the museum has been awarded almost $900,000 in federal grants for the development and implementation of exhibits and programming.
A record $17 billion was given to culture and arts organizations by individual and corporate donors in 2015.
That money is also spread out among more than 200 organizations, community art festivals, performances, special events and other initiatives.
Ferriso said the arts and cultural agencies' primary significance lies in their depth and reach and how they've shaped American lives since their establishment in 1965. "The arts are a shared expression of the human spirit and a hallmark of our humanity", the association said in a statement. "That amount that is allocated, it would be such a shame", Brody said of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts does have some support in Congress. On why the arts are important to American culture, Denison tells GOOD, "Not only is art a form of expression and an outlet for free speech but it can provide the audience with some kind of escapism". Grossman said he was "encouraged by their understanding of the value of these programs". In addition, whole programs will be eliminated entirely.
"Small stations like WQPT are especially vulnerable to this", she said. "It must therefore foster and support a form of education, and access to the arts and the humanities, created to make people of all backgrounds and wherever located masters of their technology and not its unthinking servants". "And I will be on the front lines of that fight".