Montag, 20. März 2017

Trump will vier wichtige Kulturinstitutionen liquidieren

A community orchestra performance, a new work from an emerging playwright, art therapy for a returning veteran, local ­library classes in Braille, free standardized-test preparation, and Bert and Ernie. Thousands of such programs could be gutted under President Trump’s proposed budget.

The budget plan, which calls for the elimination of four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — also would radically reshape the nation’s cultural infrastructure.

Although the budgets of the four organizations slated for elimination are negligible as a percentage of the larger federal budget, they play a vital role in a cultural economy built on a system of federal stimulus. Federal dollars are used to leverage state, local and private funding that supports a complex network of arts organizations, educational entities, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates. ...-

The president’s budget would eliminate the NEA’s [= National Endowment for the Arts] $148 million budget, the NEH’s [= National Endowment for the Humanities] $148 million budget and the CPB’s [= Corporation for Public Broadcasting] $445 million budget, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums across the country. Additional cuts could affect the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. ..... [read more] in The Washington Post  

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President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding 'counterproductive and short-sighted'

ALA-Pressemiteilung vom 16.03.2017 

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