National Endowment for the Arts

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Not long ago we wrote about a study that took up the question of who is an artist, examining some of the ways in which defining creative workers is difficult. On Monday the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) added to the conversation by releasing a new data set called “Keeping My Day Job: Identifying U.S. Workers Who Have Dual Careers as Artists.”

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PHILADELPHIA — Art for Society’s Sake: The WPA and Its Legacy, on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts through April 6th, recalls an era in this country when the dissemination of art was a governmental duty, with the arts substantially funded on the federal level.

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The National Endowment for the Arts is slated to receive a budget of $146.02 million per the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill released by Congress late yesterday. The figure is down from the Obama administration’s proposed $154.47 million and roughly on par with 2013’s allocation of $146.26 million.

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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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Essays

A Grand Unified Theory of Art?

by Alexis Clements on October 25, 2012

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Could there be a unified theory of art? As someone who is a casual follower of the sciences and once happily attended a lecture in Boston by Stephen Hawking in which he amusingly illuminated some of the challenges that face physicists who, as of yet, do not themselves have a unified theory in their field, it seems more comic than serious to suggest a “unified theory” of much of anything.

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Post image for Sign of the Times: Kickstarter Expects to Raise More Money for the Arts than NEA

“One of the company’s three co-founders, Yancey Strickler, said that Kickstarter is on track to distribue over $150 million dollars to its users’ projects in 2012, or more than entire fiscal year 2012 budget for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), which was $146 million.” [TalkingPointsMemo]

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Post image for Obama Differentiates Himself from Romney on NEA Funding, Wants Increase

Two weeks ago, we pointed out that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was proposing severe cuts in the budget of the federally funded National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Now, this week the Obama Administration has released their 2013 budget request to Congress, which requests to raise funding to a number of the countries’s cultural agencies and programs, including the NEA.

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News

US House Votes to Cut NEA Funding 6%

by Hrag Vartanian on December 16, 2011

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Today, according to the Americans for the Arts, the US House of Representatives passed the final budget agreement for 2012, which cuts funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by 6%.

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There are 2.1 million “artists” in the United States, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. The national arts organization has just released a study that examines the demographics of the country’s artists. Here are some notable facts …

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Post image for Artist Karen Finley Talks New York of Yesteryear, Women in the Arts, Lady Gaga and More

Has she no decency? At long last, has she no decency? The transgressive, titillating performance artist Karen Finley was denied a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990 because the language and content in her work was deemed “indecent.” Along with three other artists she became part of the infamous Supreme Court case The National Endowment for the Arts v. Karen Finley, which culminated in the discontinuation of individual artist grants. In her interview with Hyperallergic, Finley reflects on the past of New York City, the state of women in the arts, Lady Gaga and more.

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