The Portland Art Museum Responds to Proposed Cuts to National Arts Funding

  • The Portland Art Museum Responds to Proposed Cuts to National Arts Funding

The Portland Art Museum Responds to Proposed Cuts to National Arts Funding

Among entities that would be completely shuttered are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants make up around 20 percent of Montana PBS' budget and 10 percent of Montana Public Radio's.

"The elimination of NEA seed money for theater is a job killer", said President Kate Shindle in the statement.

"Ninety percent of our funding comes from the NEH". He said that the endowment has a "vigorous" vetting process for sorting potential grantees and noted that projects can use a grant from the NEH to raise funding elsewhere.

Recent programs have ranged from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum's "Talking Spirits" program, where schoolchildren learn about Civil War history with the help of live costumed actors, to a recent collaboration with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters to showcase a revival of Wisconsin Oneida beadwork. This is distributed to more than 300 arts and culture organizations statewide. "They are the earliest dollars, but sometimes the earliest dollars are the 'confidence dollars, ' and have given us success in philanthropy otherwise", said Tom Loughman, CEO of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which this year marks its 50th anniversary, provides educational programming - which can be rare on USA television - including seminal children's show "Sesame Street". The NEA had a budget of $146.2 million in 2015, benefiting creators through arts-related organisations.

"These are not huge grants - they're from $30,000 to $75,000 - but they have an enormous impact on their communities", Walker says. Funding from the agency feeds into everything from arts education programs for schools, to museum programs and performances aimed at youth. The amount of grants varies from year to year, depending on what projects and presentations the arts venues are developing. "But, as a symbol of having gone through a rigorous selection process, private dollars do flow".

"$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".

Supporters of the cuts don't disagree that arts and culture are important, but they say it's not the government's place to be in the culture business.

In 2016, this funding touched 419 organizations in the five boroughs, allowing them to expand programs, elevate their profiles and - by leveraging the credibility that an NEA grant bestows - attract more donors and institutional sponsors.

"This is the "public comment" period right now for people", Mckay said.

The CPB in 2016 took $445 million, or 0.01 percent, of U.S. federal spending, and the National Endowment for the Arts received $146 million, or 0.004 percent, in 2015. "We've had a lot of inquiries from across the state".

"New York City is the cultural capital of the world, but with NEA funding on the chopping block, hundreds of cultural organizations - and the children they serve - could suffer", Stringer said.

The President's budget released today proposing the elimination of funding for the NEA, NEH and IMLS is shortsighted and does a bad disservice to the American people.

Despite the administration's outlook, Thomson said advocates are prepared to fight to stop the cuts, and she remains optimistic that her organization will remain intact with the help of others.

Tuerk also says it would've been more responsible if the president had waited until he finalized tax reform that might stimulate taxpayers to support the arts, rather than tying the NEA cuts to a budget created to bolster defense. "People respond to the clear need, but it's not a replacement".