Remember the uproar the last time around about the cuts to arts and public media in the first Trump budget? Well those same proposals are back in his new budget that would add trillions to the deficit over the next decade. He would like to eliminate four federal arts agencies that would ostensibly save $1 billion from a $4.4 trillion spending plan.
His budget would decimate the funding for National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They would then be eliminated afterwards with so little funding. They would share $109 million in 2019, a overall cut of $917 million, according to the Washington Post.
This proposal was rejected last year, but that the outrage and disdain has continued with another attempt to eliminate the government’s support for the arts.
“It’s sad, illogical and it will be damaging,” said Robert Lynch, president and CEO of the Americans for the Arts via the Washington Post. “All the data, everything, points to the fact that investment in the arts industry has been a big win, economically and job-wise. ”
The NEA would face a cut from $150 million to $29 million, the National Endowment for the Humanities would be slashed from $150 million to $42 million and the The Institute for Museum and Library Services would see their budget drop from $208 million to $23 million.
We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals in thousands of communities and in every Congressional District in the nation,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu in a statement.
The largest cut would be to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which would only receive a paltry $15 million, down from its $495 million in 2017.
The Trump administration says it isn’t the federal government’s job to support arts.
These proposals were ignored last year by congress and will likely be ignored again, but the constant attack on the federal agencies supporting the arts community, while nothing new, will likely lower morale and hurt the agencies anyway.