Ever since the news that the Trump administration plans to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) became public knowledge, responses from inside and out of the arts community have been swift.
There’s a list of reports from mainstream media that examine how much arts and culture contribute to the financial and civic health of metropolitan areas.
NEA, NEH have poured millions into Wisconsin; tonemadison.com, Scott Gordon and Liz DiNovella
Analysis: Cutting the NEA is first move to eliminate a free, open public realm; Chicago Tribune, Philip Kennicott
Trump is planning to kill the NEA, cut loose PBS and NPR; avclub.com, William Hughes
Trump plan could decimate arts community in N.J.; NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, Vicki Hyman and Erin Petenko
No deal for the arts: It’s no surprise that Donald Trump wants to tell the arts and humanities “you’re fired” – Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget will eliminate the NEA. It’s more of a statement about values than money; salon.com, Noah Charney
Hollywood stars slam Trump over proposed art funding cuts; The Hill, Melanie Zanona
How Will Trump Administration’s Cuts to Federal Arts Funding Affect Miami?; Miami New Times, Minhae Shim Roth
Dramatists Guild Pledges ‘Forceful Response’ to Defend NEA; BroadwayWorld.com
Americans for the Arts Responds to Possible National Endowment for the Arts Cuts; playbill.com, Michael Gioia
Arts groups concerned about funding under Trump; Greenvilleonline.com, Donna Isbell Walker
What other articles have you read?
About Drew McManus "I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.
I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.
In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.
For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink. View all posts by Drew McManus | Website
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