Ending Arts Funding Hurts All Americans

Behind the bluster and controversy of the new administration, a powerful but often overlooked element of a healthy democracy is now at stake.

The administration’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities, despite the fact that they make up a miniscule piece of our nation’s budget, would eviscerate arts and humanities programs whose value far outweighs their cost.  

Cutting government support to the arts and humanities would ring false to public opinion and provide limited financial gain.

The proposed cuts have little to do with saving money, and much to do with appeasing a far-right minority by diminishing the artistic institutions that enrich our communities. The NEA received $148 million last year — four one-thousandths of one per cent (0.004 percent) of the federal budget – yet these cuts have long been desired by certain conservatives out to make a symbolic point in the guise of financial prudence.

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Cynthia Hirschhornart