Preserve federal investment in the arts and culture | Letters to the editor
In 2016 alone, the National Endowment for the Arts recommended more than 2,400 grants in nearly 16,000 communities in every congressional district in the country. What’s more, 40 percent of NEA-supported activities take place in high-poverty neighborhoods. About 36 percent of NEA grants go to organizations that reach underserved populations such as people with disabilities, people in institutions, and veterans. The NEA has been able to do all these things and more on a meager budget of $148 million.
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget called for an elimination of the NEA, among other cultural agencies like the National Endowment for the Humanities. Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have rejected this.
Please don’t believe those dusty, old arguments to eliminate these cultural agencies because it would reduce the deficit or the size of government. We simply cannot afford to cut back on our federal investment in the arts and culture in this country.
Stanley Veyhl • Richmond Heights