Monday, April 3, 2017

The most unkind cut of all - Lucinda Breeding, Denton Record

This isn't the first time the NEA has been in legislators' crosshairs. “We’re not panicking because the budget hasn’t been set yet,” Graham said. “But this is serious. What’s happening right now, the rationale for eliminating these agencies, it feels different than it has in the past.” And in the case of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, the United States Institute of Peace, and 14 other agencies, the administration isn’t suggesting a paring knife, but a sledgehammer. Tracy Bays-Boothe, the executive director of the Greater Denton Arts Council, explained that Denton benefits from NEA funding primarily through grants administered through the Texas Commission on the Arts. She said if Congress agrees to shutter the endowment, Denton residents will feel it.

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