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Arts leaders take measure of proposed cuts in Donald Trump's budget

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Edmund Wade | 19 March, 2017, 01:01

For instance, under Trump's proposal the National Endowment for the Arts, which a year ago had a budget of nearly $150 million, has its budget slashed completely. That means the real cost of Trump's budget cuts is exponentially higher than $4.7 million.

Stahlhuth said the NEA's inception helped regional theaters to blossom.

Responses from the likes of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts executive director John Killacky, Vermont Arts Council executive director Alex Aldrich and others could essentially be summed up thusly: " Sheeeeeit".

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. Without that money, I think there are very few stations that are going to operate purely on donations.

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.

In a statement, William D. Adams, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, said: "We are greatly saddened to learn of this proposal for elimination, as NEH has made significant contributions to the public good over its 50-year history". "Because he believed that great civilizations embrace and build their foundation of freedom on an artistic platform".

In the last five years, according to Gogan, the organization has received $170,000 in funding. About $1 million of that is being distributed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to fund more than 700 cultural organizations and councils statewide. "That's not to say they're not a little surprised about the audaciousness of the proposal". Across the country, state humanities councils leverage $5 dollars for every federal dollar awarded at the local level.

MCT has received 13 grants form the NEA since 1998, ranging from $15,000 to $55,000. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, the NEA issued forty-seven grants to organizations in North Carolina. Additionally, through the Oregon Arts Commission, the NEA provides operating support to the Museum.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) director Neal Benezra says the museum couldn't have co-curated its current Matisse/Diebenkorn show without NEA support, seeing as paintings by Matisse are valued in the millions and tens of millions of dollars.

"The arts herald diversity", said Pallone to the Asbury Park Press on Monday, March 13.

Money from the NEA and NEH finds its way to Wisconsin to help fuel the state's arts scene and enrich its cultural life.

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

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

Enriqueta Carrginton in Highland Park: $12,500 to to support the translation from the Spanish of 17th-century Mexican poet Juana Ines de la Cruz's complete sonnets and "Reply to Sister Filotea de la Cruz", a 14,000-word autobiographical letter. Federal grants, which are usually a small percentage of the annual budget, often come with a matching-funds stipulation. But the fact that programs like the NEA are on the chopping block at all is raising concerns about the government's priorities.

In his proposed budget, Trump said the 21st Century program "lacks strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement".

Art impacts people of all ages and from all backgrounds, and the Museum provides the space and resources that make that impact felt even more deeply-from focused programs for children and people living with dementia, to tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, and lectures for all.

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