In one of his last acts as President, Donald Trump has proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Arts is a program that provides funds for art organizations in every state.
Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association, had this to say in response to the former president’s proposal: “It’s sad, but unsurprising, that Donald Trump would try to wreak havoc and cause more damage on his way out the door, given that he has tried to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts since 2017, the NEA is responsible for keeping the lights on at arts organizations in every state. These institutions are not only finding ways to support their communities during a pandemic, but they also continue to provide middle-class jobs in an industry that is facing record unemployment. Shindle spoke at the National Press Club in order to defend the arts and condemn Trump’s actions to take away arts funding.
Despite Trump’s effort to eliminate the program, bipartisan efforts have led to a budgetary increase of 7.25 million dollars, the biggest increase in a year to NEA funding within the last decade and the largest grant to the program in the last six years. To read more click here! This increase shows that no matter how big the threat to decrease or eliminate funding to these programs, the arts will always be an important aspect to everyone, everywhere.
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