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.”
A slew of independent agencies would be done away with, while defense spending would go up by $54 billion, under the president’s proposed budget.
President Trump is expected to sign the legislation, which gives financial boosts to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities through the end of the current fiscal year.
About 400 people descended upon City Hall today for a “Rally to Save the Arts,” demanding that Trump fully fund the very agencies he wants to completely cut.
It’s only been a little over a day since Donald Trump formally proposed defunding the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, but already people in creative fields are responding, well, creatively.
The president’s budget proposal for 2018 would do away with the two funding agencies and ramp up military spending by $54 billion.
A group of Democratic, Republican, and independent Senators has signed a letter urging the president not to cut federal funding to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.
To illustrate the vitality of the National Endowment for the Arts, artist Tega Brain created a website that gathers all the projects the agency funded in 2016.
One petition shows only 44 signatures, the other 734. Based on social media sharing, neither seems to be accurate.
The budget in the works by the Trump team allegedly calls for the complete elimination of the NEA and NEH, plus the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
From contorted corpses splayed on the sidewalk to errant streetcars lodged in storefronts, the New York Police Department has photographed crime scenes almost since the technology was available.