In our poll we asked Glasstire readers “How can the Obama administration best help the arts?”
Among various options, “Launch WPA-style arts projects” came in first and “Bigger budget for the NEA” came in dead last.
Bigger NEA budget it is! The version of the economic stimulus package that passed in the house last week included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. Of course, during the Jesse Helms years, congress prohibited the NEA from giving individual grants to artists – at least the kinds of artists whose work could involve pee pee and Jesus. If you are a folk artist, writer, jazz musician or opera singer, you could be in the money. Visual artists, not so much…
But don’t start counting your chickens before they hatch, dulcimer makers, at present the Senate version of the bill doesn’t have anything for the NEA.
also by Kelly Klaasmeyer
- Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art - February 9th, 2013
- So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye... - January 28th, 2013
- BREAKING NEWS: Art Guys say Menil is removing “The Art Guys Marry A Plant” - January 11th, 2013
- Galveston: Drawings, Mobster Architecture and Brothels - December 3rd, 2012
- "Lucian Freud: Portraits" at The Modern - October 22nd, 2012