Wednesday, February 16, 2011

President Obama Proposes Deep Cut to NEA in FY 2012 Budget‏

From Americans for the Arts:

The Obama Administration released today the FY 2012 budget request to Congress which includes the nation's cultural agencies and programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS), and the Department of Education's Arts in Education program.

As Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert Lynch noted in a press statement:

"The administration request of $146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts is a decrease of $21 million from the $167.5 million that Congress appropriated last year."
Details here.


johnjamesanderson said...

I can't remember where I read it, but something to the tune of

"when Johnson started the NEA, 1 out of every $4 was used to run the Endowment. Then, when Nixon increased the budget, 1 out of every $10 went to the artist."

Though I don't know the accuracy of my paraphrased memory, and I have no clue what has happened to the Endowment's function since Nixon... decreasing the budget might be a good thing if it means more money goes to arts programming and artists, and fewer dollars go toward managing bureaucrazy.

Lenny said...

I couldn't agree more... I would rather have an NEA with a leaner burocracy that funelled most of their funding directly to artists.