Congress' dismal NEA budget record
Over at Time, Richard Lacayo has snagged the best stats I've seen in years about the magnitude of the collapse of federal commitment to arts support since the kulturkampf led by Jesse Helms, Newt Gingrich and the rest of the Wahoo Chorus in Congress 20 years ago. It comes from the D.C. advocacy group, Americans for the Arts, whose president was testifying at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday. The reference is to the National Endowment for the Arts' budget:
The Obama administration has requested $155 million for the NEA's 2009 budget.
-- Christopher Knight
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