January 30, 2004 |
President Bush is proposing a big funding boost to the National Endowment for the Arts, an agency that once was a favorite target of Republicans. The money would go for a new program to give Americans an up-close look at their arts heritage. The $18-million increase, a 15% hike in the NEA's funding, would be the largest in years. Last year, Congress increased the agency's funding to $122.5 million, up from $115.7 million but still well below what the agency received 25 years ago.
January 2, 2004 |
Cash-strapped state governments have slashed funding for theaters, museums and performance groups by nearly one-quarter, while federal spending on the arts has edged up slightly. Congress increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to $122.5 million, up from $115.7 million, for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. At the same time, however, state arts spending plummeted from $354.5 million to $272.4 million, a drop of roughly 23%.
October 29, 2003 |
Things are looking better for arts funding on the national level than for the state. While the state of California has slashed its funding for the arts to $1 million for 2003-04 -- less than 3 cents per person -- the National Endowment for the Arts will receive an increase of $6.7 million, raising the budget of the federal arts agency to $122.5 million for fiscal 2004.
November 2, 2002 |
Dana Gioia, who is President Bush's candidate to lead the National Endowment for the Arts over the next four years, once posed the question "Can poetry matter?" If the flurry of interest that has arisen since the 51-year-old Santa Rosa poet and critic's name was first floated last week is any indication, the answer is emphatically yes.
December 9, 2001 |
The office of the Evidence Room was abuzz. Artistic director Bart DeLorenzo had just opened an envelope bearing auspicious news from Washington: The National Endowment for the Arts was recommending approval of the theater company's first NEA grant application. The grant will yield only $5,000 for the company--perhaps hardly noticeable given the group's $100,000 annual budget. But NEA grants often generate other contributions. And in the vast and far-flung world of L.A.'
August 23, 2001 |
Robert Martin, newly appointed director of the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, also has been named acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Martin was appointed to the NEA post Tuesday night by the Senate. He was a professor and interim director of the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University before joining the institute, which supports education, access and preservation at libraries and museums.
April 25, 2001 |
In a move that surprised Washington's arts leadership Tuesday, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Bill Ivey announced his resignation, effective Sept. 30--eight months before the end of his four-year term. Ivey, federal arts agency chief since 1998, was unavailable for comment. He said in a prepared statement that he was stepping down at the end of the fiscal year so that "the new administration will be able to move efficiently to choose new leadership for the arts endowment."
January 20, 2001 |
By the time the toothy Pepsi shill Ricky Martin pulled our president-elect--"the president of everybody," as George W. Bush put it the other day--onto the stage with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Wayne Newton during Thursday's pre-inauguration party, America got a sense of this new administration's taste in the lively arts. Bush and company want to kill us, softly, with songs about livin' la vida bipartisanship, and inclusion. Fresh starts, under a big tent.
January 12, 2001 |
The National Endowment for the Arts announced Thursday the awarding of $20.45 million in arts grants to 825 recipients nationwide, including $2.72 million awarded to 122 California recipients. The announcement covers about 24% of the NEA's total $87 million grants pool for fiscal year 2001. L.A.-area grants range from $100,000 to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn.
June 16, 2000 |
Republicans used an eleventh-hour maneuver Thursday night to block what almost became the first significant budget increase for the National Endowment for the Arts that the House has approved since 1992. Arts advocates had moved to the edge of a surprise victory for the endowment with a preliminary 207-to-204 vote.