Stefanik opposes Trump plan to eliminate National Endowment for the Arts funding

Stefanik opposes Trump plan to eliminate National Endowment for the Arts funding

Stefanik opposes Trump plan to eliminate National Endowment for the Arts funding

Three major Hollywood guilds - the DGA, WGA, and SAG-AFTRA - released a joint statement Thursday in response to the release of President Donald Trump's budget proposal, which calls for the defunding of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The danger is, if congress approves Trump's budget plan and abolishes the National Endowment for the Arts, the money would not be available for the grants that are vital to the Art Center's operation, Gilbert said.

The Corporation of Public Broadcasting now has a budget of $445 million, while the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities each have a budget of $148 million. Trump wants to cut all of it.

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.

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.

"What we have here is an attack upon global citizenship and national civic culture", Jim Grossman, the executive director of the American Historical Association, told TPM of the potential elimination of the NEH.

The impact of the NEA money on a town like Fergus Falls is significant, says Ms. Zabel.

Both endowments have come under scrutiny in the past from conservatives looking to slash their funding or eliminate their funding entirely.

George Tzougros, executive director of the Wisconsin Arts Board, noted Trump's budget "is only the beginning of the process".

According to Americans for the Arts, NEA's annual appropriation supports a $730 billion arts and culture industry, 4.8 million jobs and a $26 billion trade surplus for the nation. Senator Kristen Gillibrand teamed up with 24 USA senators to write a letter to the President encouraging him to continue funding the NEA and NEH, calling them the "drivers of innovation and economic prosperity". Calling the elimination of the NEA "the best thing for the arts in decades", he described "a closed art economy" where many theater companies with subsidies get barely half of their revenue from ticket sales - a scenario that he says is counterproductive to creating a competitive art economy.

"This type of cut isn't going to get them any closer to the kind of balance they're trying to save", Newman-Scott said. Rorschach says that art may not have traveled here without that support. In that same period, Madison Symphony Orchestra's Heartstrings program, which takes classical music to communities of people with special needs, has won $70,000 in NEA grants. More than $900,000 of that went directly to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, through a partnership grant, according to Greg Liakos, communications director for the council.

Other stations across the country would be facing 20, 25 or even 40 percent budgetary losses if the federal funding was removed, Brett said.

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