Real Clear Arts applauds what it sees as the NEA’s back-door efforts to get public money into the hands of individual artists through residency programs, after their direct grants fell victim to Jesse Helms and the culture wars of the 1990’s. NEA chief Rocco Landesman has said that he would like the agency to once again fund individuals, and RCA blogger Judith Dobrzynski theorizes that the upswing in Access to Artistic Excellence awards are a covert artist-funding initiative. In 2011 the NEA granted artist-supporting orgs in Texas including Artpace, Blue Lapis Light, Inc., Chinati Foundation Project Row Houses, and Glasstire (they’re supporting me!). By contrast, things are more straightforward for writers: Houston poets Anna Journey and Ashley Capps each got $25,000 literature fellowships, directly.
also by Bill Davenport
- DMA Crane Flip Video - April 26th, 2015
- Helmreich New Dean of Fine Arts at TCU - April 25th, 2015
- Two Cents for Houston's New Cultural Plan - April 25th, 2015
- New Art Lands in the Woodlands - April 24th, 2015
- Bob Wade Revamps First Public Sculpture - in Waco! - April 19th, 2015