September 30, 1993 |
The Senate unanimously approved the nomination of award-winning actress Jane Alexander to head the National Endowment for the Arts Wednesday night. By voice vote and with no debate, the lawmakers confirmed the 53-year-old actress to head a panel that has been a target of criticism in recent years for some of its monetary grants to artists around the country. Conservatives have accused the endowment of financing offensive works, and radical artists have complained that it doesn't go far enough.
October 6, 1990 |
A traveling exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs closed Friday, leaving in its wake protests and a conservative attack on the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibit combined Mapplethorpe's explicit homoerotic photographs--the main source of the controversy--with cool, elegant portraits and photographs of flowers. Mapplethorpe helped organize the show shortly before he died of AIDS in 1989. Boston was the last stop on the exhibit's seven-city tour.
December 28, 2007 |
The National Endowment for the Arts will get a 16% budget increase in 2008, to $144.7 million, under an appropriation bill signed this week by President Bush. The funding boost continues a gradual upward trend for the agency during the Bush administration, recouping precipitous losses under President Clinton.
February 21, 1991 |
A district court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit against the National Endowment for the Arts on Wednesday after the agency agreed to delete a controversial anti-obscenity requirement of groups seeking federal arts funds. The case was brought last May by New York's New School for Social Research, the institutional parent of Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles, which asserted that requiring artists to pledge in advance not to create or show obscene art is unconstitutional.
July 12, 1997 |
The House on Friday rejected a Republican bid to kill the National Endowment for the Arts and replace it with state grants, and then delayed action on a bill that would dramatically reduce the agency's budget. The plan to abolish the agency and send $80 million to the states for arts projects was voted down 271 to 155. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-Mich.
April 27, 1990 |
New York theater producer Joseph Papp turned down a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant Thursday and said he would reject another $400,000 he expected to receive as a protest over anti-obscenity provisions imposed on the arts agency by conservatives in Congress. Papp's decision was disclosed in a letter he sent from his New York Shakespeare Festival to NEA Chairman John E. Frohnmayer.
July 11, 1990 |
A parody about Sen. Jesse Helms' efforts to restrict the National Endowment for the Arts is about to hit the radio airwaves. The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that Helms (R-N.C.) is featured in the offbeat lyrics of songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, whose recording "Jesse Don't Like It" is scheduled for release July 23.
May 25, 1992 |
Author Wallace Stegner has turned down a White House medal to protest alleged censorship at the National Endowment for the Arts, he and U.S. officials said. Stegner, 84, became the second prominent American artist to turn down a National Medal of Arts since the acting head of the National Endowment for the Arts announced that she would police the agency's grant awards to artists to assure that their projects were suitable for "the widest possible audiences."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995 |
Linda Sohl-Donnell sees her life and work as part of a larger effort to keep tap-dance alive in America. For her efforts, the artistic director of the local dance troupe Rhapsody in Taps recently was awarded a $9,100 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Though Sohl-Donnell had been tap-dancing since she was a child, her interest was rekindled when, as a student at UCLA, she attended a tap performance. "I saw a kind of tap-dancing I had never seen before," she said.
November 1, 1991 |
Lawmakers from Western states abandoned Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) in droves Thursday, accepting a "corn for porn" deal that preserves grazing subsidies in exchange for keeping new anti-obscenity restrictions off federal arts grants. On a 73-25 vote, the Senate reversed its support for Helms' measure to impose prohibitions on subsidizing "patently offensive" sexual exhibits or performances.