March 19, 2017

Trump's arts defunding would hurt communities

Huffington Post - One of the primary missions of the NEA, which is among 19 federal entities that would be completely defunded under the budget, is to support such arts groups around the country. It allocates much of its funding to grants in every congressional district in the U.S., including in many areas that voted overwhelmingly for Trump.

Arts advocates note that such groups are important economic drivers, so Trump’s budget cuts would seemingly run counter to his pledge to create more American jobs.

“Theater and the arts are an economic engine for growth and jobs, and the NEA is a key part of that formula,” Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity, a union that says it represents more than 50,000 stage actors and managers around the country, told reporters at an event in Washington.

Local and regional theater companies receiving NEA funds create a variety of jobs, according to Shindle.

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