Arts Leaders React to Possible Trump Call for Eliminating Cultural Programs
Saturday, January 21, 2017
After an article from The Hill which stated that the Trump transition team is considering eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, leaders in the arts community are sounding the alarm to voice its concerns.
Last January, President and CEO Robert L. Lynch of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is advancing the arts in the United States, issued a statement in response to the report. “These are old ideas, some more than a decade old,” said Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert Lynch. “We take it seriously, but there are many decision-making points in our federal process including the White House, Congressional budget resolution, Congressional appropriations committees, plus the full House and Senate. Each of these branches and stages need to be informed so that good decisions result. We look forward to leading that advocacy.”
Read about arts community's reactions in the following articles:
"Arts leaders react to possible Trump call for eliminating cultural programs: Not this again," The Washington Post, January 19, 2017
"Arts groups gear up for fight over NEA," The Hill, January 19, 2017