December 26, 2004 |
Government bucks for the arts were scarce in 2004 -- not even Laura Bush could get what she wanted. In January 2004, the first lady put her weight behind a new cultural wheel that was supposed to roll through all 50 states: She announced her husband's proposal for an $18-million boost in the National Endowment for the Arts, the biggest increase in 20 years.
December 15, 2004 |
The National Endowment for the Arts will award $1.7 million through 171 grants in its Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants program. The grants, announced today by the federal arts agency, include 18 awards of $10,000 each to California arts organizations. Many of the grants bring arts activities to underserved populations whose access is "limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability."
November 19, 2004 |
After discovering that 59 million Americans voted to reelect a demonstrably failed president largely because he related to their culture and values, Democrats spent about a week desperately casting about for some social issue to chuck overboard so they could get right with middle America. Alas, after running through the usual list, they decided that they weren't prepared to abandon abortion or gay rights and had all but given up on gun control anyway, so there wasn't much they could do.
November 6, 2004 |
Former big band leader Artie Shaw is among seven artists who have been named National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. Since 1982, the endowment has awarded the title to a handful of living jazz musicians and promoters to recognize their contributions to the music form. Those honored also include guitarist Kenny Burrell, clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, composer Slide Hampton, singer Shirley Horn, keyboardist Jimmy Smith and jazz impresario George Wein.
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.
May 13, 2003 |
The National Endowment for the Arts, working with slightly more money than it had in 2002, today will detail most of its grants for the year, a $66-million batch of contributions to arts organizations nationwide. The program includes such new efforts as development of a public television series, "The Music Show," to feature conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, which is to receive $200,000 in NEA funds.
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.