The Republican Study Committee announces plans to eliminate nations leading arts grants.
Made of about 165 House members, the Republican
Study Committee plans to end the National Endowment for the Arts, the
National Endowment for the Humanities as well as the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting. The NEA fought to stay alive in 1995 and suffered a
cut of almost 40%, forcing nearly all individual artists grants to be
eliminated. When inflation is considered, the NEA's purchasing power
fell to almost $60 million less annually than the last culture battle in
The art-choaking Spending Reduction Act of 2011 lays out reductions of
federal spending by $2.5 trillion over 10 years; current culture
spending is a measly $1.6 billion a year. Cultural "giants" in
Washington not to be cut include Smithsonian Institution ($761.4
million), Institute of Museum and Library Services ($282.3 million),
National Gallery of Art ($167 million) and the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts (about $20 million).
We can hope that if investment in cultural enrichment is not a factor in
the minds of the GOP that perhaps the 5.7 million jobs and annual tax
returns of $30 billion to all levels of government will be considered.
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