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Budget cuts threaten NEA, several cultural organizations in Queens

Budget cuts threaten NEA, several cultural organizations in Queens

President Trump's $1.15 trillion budget proposal would, if approved, would reorders federal priorities by expanding defense funds and eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Actor Adrien Brody broke his usual silence towards paparazzi this week when asked about President Donald Trump and the arts.

"The loss of federal funding affects our overall operating and programming budget significantly", Susanna Pollack, Games for Change President, told Kotaku.

Trump's budget proposal does not just slash funding for the endowments, which combined have an annual budget of about $300 million, but is the first of any Presidents' to propose completely eliminating them.

The NEA - in addition to the NEH, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) - was created in 1965 as a way to nurture cultural activities.

Malcolm Brett, director of broadcasting and media innovations at UW-Extension, said he is "concerned" about the proposed elimination of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but is optimistic that constituents will speak up to maintain funding.

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This is why it is vital to support and advocate for the continued federal funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In it, Trump bemoans in a trumped-up quote: "We have not seen one single NEA-backed project come close to justifying its cost since the Swedish-American sculptor debuted his Pop Art masterpiece in 1970, challenging the way we grapple with questions of industrialization and decay".

"Ninety percent of our funding comes from the NEH".

"There has never been an administration like this one, so we don't know what to expect", he said. Shindle pointed to the growth and development around the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Theatre Row as examples of the economic impact of arts investment. About $33,000 of that, or $66,000 with state dollars, "goes out to schools", Tzougros said. Walker says the money fuels big museums, little theater companies and everything in between - from the Cape to the Berkshires.

The NEH also funds programs for veterans, such as the Warriors-Scholar Project, which helps prepare them to attend top-tier universities. NEA funds serve as a sort of "seal of approval" for potential donors. "There's not much of a replacement for that spark to additional contribution if the NEA grant is taken away". Still, why should the rest of us suffer through four years of no arts? "For us to have that kind of stamp of approval has been awesome in the growth of this company". More than $900,000 of that went directly to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, through a partnership grant, according to Greg Liakos, communications director for the council.

"We brought some North Andover youth over to our headquarters at the Everett Mills, and (they) had an open discussion around the prejudices and stereotypes each had of the other city and town", he said. "Federal funding is an essential ingredient to making this possible".


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