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If I Ran The Nea

March 01, 2009

The slogan of the National Endowment for the Arts is "a great nation deserves great art."

Were it only that simple.

When Congress voted on President Obama's $787-billion stimulus package, fiscal conservatives slammed the NEA's $50-million allocation.

It wasn't the first time the agency, whose 2008 budget was about $144 million, had been thrust under the microscope.

Since awarding its first grant in 1965, the NEA most famously riled opponents in 1996 with its plan to award grants to a quartet of controversial artists.

As Obama prepares to name a new NEA chief, we asked people from the arts and other fields to share what their priorities would be if they ran the cultural agency. Page 4

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, March 01, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 52 words Type of Material: Correction
The NEA: In today's Arts & Books section, the cover story "If I ran the NEA" says the National Endowment for the Arts riled opponents in 1996 with its plan to award grants to four controversial artists. In fact, the artists known as the NEA Four fought for their grants in 1990.

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KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

EDWARD ALBEE

DEBBIE ALLEN

KURT ANDERSEN

JON ROBIN BAITZ

JOHN BALDESSARI

KATE BURTON

ANN COULTER

RACHEL DRATCH

EVE ENSLER

JUDY FISKIN

FRANK GEHRY

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

TOM HAYDEN

BILL T. JONES

NEIL LaBUTE

SANDRA TSING LOH

RACHEL MADDOW

BILL MAHER

TIM MILLER

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

BILL PULLMAN

PHYLICIA RASHAD

TIM ROBBINS

DAVID ROBERTSON

JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY

JOEL STEIN

JOEL WACHS

HARVEY WEINSTEIN

NOAH WYLE

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