U.S. Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., co-chairwomen of the House STEAM Caucus, on Friday issued a joint press release opposing President Trump's plan to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Actor Adrien Brody broke his usual silence towards paparazzi this week when asked about President Donald Trump and the arts.
The Washington Post Said; "Although the National Endowment for the Arts' 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight".
President Trump has proposed the elimination of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but the body, nor its subsidiaries NPR and PBS, plan on taking this lying down.
In total, the cuts would remove $971 from the national budget, to increase spending on other agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection, Department of Defense and Homeland Security. It was created by an act of Congress in 1965.
"The continuing education can be on topics like how to prepare for a disaster in your library, like a flood or hurricane. but also how to digitize collections in a correct way so your investment in the digital files is going to last for many years", said executive director Bill Veillette.
Last fall the National Endowment for the Arts awarded nearly a million dollars in grants to 34 arts groups across the state, large and small.
The NEA today represents just 0.0037 percent of federal spending, far lower than its 1979 peak of 0.03 percent when it reached a high of $471 million.
Both endowments have come under scrutiny in the past from conservatives looking to slash their funding or eliminate their funding entirely.
Groups say they can leverage an NEA grant nine times.
Marquis Victor, executive director of the Elevated Thought Foundation, a Lawrence-based nonprofit that works to empower youth through art and social justice, said the proposed cuts show a "complete and utter disregard to the power of youth". About $33,000 of that, or $66,000 with state dollars, "goes out to schools", Tzougros said. "There's not much of a replacement for that spark to additional contribution if the NEA grant is taken away".
The NEH also funds programs for veterans, such as the Warriors-Scholar Project, which helps prepare them to attend top-tier universities.
Madison Opera general director Kathryn Smith said in a statement that the "NEA support is very important to us", and the agency's block grant to the state helps fund programs such as the company's free Opera in the Park event, which draws some 16,000 people each summer.
"At that time we were really unprepared to have this kind of debate", she said.
Cultural scenes in smaller towns and cities rely on grants from the NEA, says Fitchburg Art Museum director Nick Capasso.
And the SDAC receives half of their funding from the NEA.
Congress has considered proposals to kill federal arts and culture funding before, and rejected them.