Arts Funding Cuts

Post image for Faced with Faltering Economy, Mexican Government Slashes Arts Funding

MEXICO CITY — As the US economy has picked up steam in the last few years, falling oil prices and a stronger dollar have left the peso floundering.

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Post image for California Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Halve Arts Funding

After a landmark year in California’s state funding for the arts that saw support for the California Arts Council’s boosted by $5 million, Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget for 2015–16 allocates just $1.1 million to the organization.

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Post image for Deaccessioning Crisis Has UK Museums Group Contemplating Stricter Guidelines

The Museums Association, the largest professional membership organization for UK museums and their workers, is planning to revise its ethical guidelines in the hopes of dissuading institutions around the country from selling off works in their collections, the Independent reported.

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Post image for Australian Government Cuts Over $100M from Arts and Culture

Australia’s conservative government will nearly halve its budget deficit in the coming fiscal year, in the process eliminating more than AUS$100 million (US$93.6 million) in funding for arts and culture programs, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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Post image for House Committee Seeks to Gut the NEA

In April, President Obama proposed his 2014 fiscal year budget, which, happily for us culture lovers, includes increases of some $15 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. But Obama’s proposal was just the first step in a long, winding budget process, and now the Republicans have spoken: they want to slash the NEA and NEH budgets in half.

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Post image for Facing Budget Cuts, Smithsonian Cuts Exhibitions and Closes Galleries

Earlier this week, officials with the Smithsonian Institution gave testimony on the impact of federal budget cuts from sequestration. The cuts will force the Smithsonian Institution to not just cancel or put on hold some upcoming exhibitions, but, starting May 1, to temporarily close off galleries throughout the year as well.

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Post image for What’s Happening to Culture in Europe?

The latest news from Europe this week is that everything is falling apart — at least in terms of arts and culture. And it’s depressing.

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Post image for Mitt Romney Says He Would Ax Arts Funding If Elected

Politico has excerpts from an upcoming Mitt Romney interview in Fortune magazine, in which the Republican presidential candidate expounds on his plan to shrink the federal government and reduce spending. Depressingly, but not surprisingly, he targets arts funding.

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Post image for South Carolina Arts Commission Facing Hatchet

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley eliminated the entire budget of her state’s Arts Commission in a late-night veto last week. The drastic cut involves two line vetoes out of 81 that Haley delivered on the 2012–13 state budget — one blocking the Arts Commission’s $1.9 million in state funding (veto #1) and another blocking $500,000 in grant money (veto #21).

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Post image for Mitt Romney Wants to Cut Already Measly Funding For the Arts

Today’s shocker: A Republican Who Wants to Cut Arts Funding! GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has penned an Op-Ed for the USA Today newspaper that takes aim at the battered National Endowment for the Arts.

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