Home > News > Covert Ops: blogger’s conspiracy theory has NEA funding individuals through artistic excellence awards

Covert Ops: blogger’s conspiracy theory has NEA funding individuals through artistic excellence awards

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
Print Friendly
You may also like
WH Plans to Eliminate NEA and NEH as Examples of “Wastes of Taxpayer Money”
Panzer Top Five
Top Five: January 26, 2017 with Jamie Panzer
Trump Plans to (quickly) Kill the National Endowment for the Arts (and of course most other cultural programs)
Congrats Robert Hodge, Christie Blizard, and Heyd Fontenot!: Artpace Announces Its 2017 Artist-in-Residence Schedule

Leave a Reply

Funding generously provided by:
'