NEA Funding Cuts Mean More than Starving Artists in American Countryside
In a recent article on The Hill, country commissioner and arts leader Natalia D. Macker writes about how funding from the National Endowment for the arts supports rural areas like Wyoming:
In a rural state like Wyoming, where I serve as a local elected official and the artistic director of a nonprofit theater, arts funding is critical to ensuring that many underserved populations have access to the arts at all.
While great art will always be available to those who live in our nation’s big cities, for rural communities this is far from a given.
That’s why I was concerned to learn that President Trump’s proposed budget for next year calls for the elimination of a primary funding source for rural arts programs: the National Endowment for the Arts.