March 1, 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.
December 15, 2008 |
There was no snow at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, but the four sled dogs tethered there seemed acclimated enough. One amiably licked the face of a child in a stroller. The hubbub wasn't much like the Yukon, but the dogs were there to excite interest in Jack London's "The Call of the Wild." This was a far cry from a quiet conversation around a library table -- a series of which are being held in West Hollywood to discuss Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima."
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.
November 19, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- The latest National Endowment for the Arts report draws on a variety of sources, public and private, and essentially reaches one conclusion: Americans are reading less. The study, "To Read or Not Read," is being released today as a follow-up to a 2004 NEA survey, "Reading at Risk," that found an increasing number of adult Americans were not even reading one book a year.
August 30, 2007 |
The National Endowment for the Arts will partner with XM Radio to bring literature to satellite radio with the launch of "The Big Read on XM," a series airing audio versions of classic novels in 30-minute installments. The series, based on the federal arts agency's national reading program of the same name, premieres Sept. 10 on Sonic Theater (XM Channel 163), the channel devoted to audio books and contemporary theater.
April 25, 2007 |
The Pacific Chorale and the organizers of "Craft in America," a seven-city touring exhibition that opened recently in Little Rock, Ark., are the only L.A.-area recipients reaping six-figure support in a round of federal grants announced Tuesday by the National Endowment for the Arts.
April 24, 2007 |
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga will get $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for programs aimed at introducing Southland students in grades 5-12 to "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
February 19, 2007 |
From West 111th Street, Lennox's Moffett Elementary School could be mistaken for an underground military weapons depot. A driveway passes through a gray metal fence, then curls up onto the paved roof of the building. At the southwest side, broad brick stairs funnel pedestrians to the school doors, and grassy earth is banked up against the southeast wall, forming yet another fortress in a neighborhood of bungalows behind forbidding fences and grated windows.