The bill exceeds the respective $75 million allocated to the NEA and NEH in the Trump administration’s 2020 CARES Act.
The deal provides crucial aid to the performing arts sector and creates two unique Smithsonian museums, one dedicated to Latinx history and the other to women’s history.
While leading museum associations petitioned Congress for $4 billion to buoy nonprofit museums, today Trump signed the controversial stimulus bill, promising the NEA and NEH a respective $75 million.
The 2021 budget proposal labels the NEA, as well as National Endowment for the Humanities, under the category of “wasteful and unnecessary funding.”
Unlike other Trump appointees, the new chair of the NEA seems informed and somewhat engaged with the department she will oversee.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities will each receive about $153 million in federal funding in fiscal year 2018, around $3 million more than in 2017.
That’s 4.2% of the US economy — more than the entire GDP of Switzerland.
The Second Lady of the United States has written extensively in support of an agency Donald Trump wants to shut down.
Just like last year, Trump’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Committee’s Interior and Environment Appropriations bill now goes before the Senate, where a final federal budget for 2018 will be hammered out in the coming months.
The NEA, which the Trump administration has proposed to fully defund, has long been accused of primarily serving coastal elites, when in fact the opposite is true.
Despite President Trump’s proposal to eliminate it, the agency says it “will continue to operate as usual.”