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 Post subject: NEA increased funding
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2001 7:10 am 
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Here's a link to the Washington post article on a surprise increase in the NEA's budget. The article takes about Congresswoman Slaughter's involvement in the "Art's Caucus." Anyone have any more info on this?<BR> <A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30951-2001Jun21.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30951-2001Jun21.html</A>


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2001 10:31 am 
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After reading this article and seeing who co-sponsored this bill - and the vote totals for passage this seems like a good result of bi-partisan cooperation.<P>


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2001 1:34 pm 
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Very good news. Rep. Louise Slaughter said:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>"Voting for the arts puts money in the bank. For the price of .01 percent of the federal budget, the arts provides $3.4 billion in taxes to the federal government, brings tourism to our communities and makes our children smarter."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That's as succinct and as powerful an argument for Arts funding on a pragmatic basis as I've ever seen.<BR>


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2001 2:00 pm 
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Has anyone sent this info to our friend in the White House?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2001 3:13 pm 
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I am sure this did not go forward without the knowledge and assent of the president. Such things usually have prior consent and agreement.<P>Especially since there was such a heavy bipartisan vote in favor - it does not happen in a vacuum.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2001 5:59 am 
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Basheva<P>That really doesn't happen in such a small line item increase, particularly in the House. If it survives the Conferece Committee, which it probably will as this administration has been quite warm to Arts initiatives, then I would say there was an assent.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2001 5:54 am 
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Frank Rizzo, like many of us, is surprised by the increased funding:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>More Funds From NEA On The Way</B><P>FRANK RIZZO, Hartford Courant <P>In a surprise move last week, the U.S. House of Representatives, which for the last nine years has sought to decrease the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts, passed by a wide margin a $10 million increase in the agency's budget, bringing it to $115 million. One of the measure's co-sponsors was Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-6th District). Still, the overall budget is down from the high of $176 million in 1992. The measure now goes to the generally more arts-friendly Senate.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.ctnow.com/scripts/editorial.dll?fromspage=AE/genListing/genListing.htm&categoryid=146&only=y&bfromind=352&eeid=4815956&eetype=article&render=y&ck=&userid=1&userpw=. &uh=1,0,&ver=3.0 target=_blank><B>More</B></a>


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2001 6:50 am 
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I am not surprised.....


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2001 8:25 am 
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Unless the White House changed its stance on the issue since proposing its budget, the House's increase is indeed a surprise. The White House recommended funding at the same level as last year proposing neither an increase or a decrease. The White House figure is still 40% off the high of over a decade ago (not taking inflation into account), but it seems to represent a comparatively neutral stance. For the House (which led the way on the slashing in the 90s) to independently approve a 10% increase is a happy occasion.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2001 10:53 am 
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I guess I should have been clearer - the fault it mine.....I am not at all surprised that the supplemental bill passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support. <P>I know that my congressman The Honorable Duncan Hunter (R-California) voted for the increase to the NEA and this district is overwhelmingly conservative. He was just re-elected in November with over 70% of the vote - which is normal for him. <P>And, I agree - it is happy news.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2001 3:30 pm 
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I believe it's surprising to most, including the Republicans among us, because past records have indicated an opposite trend, not so much in giving but in using and entrusting the government as a tool for giving.<P>However, on closer analysis, as Leigh suggested, the overall trend is still downward. I still believe more than a few companies will cease to operate before next season begins.


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That being said, let's not look a gift horse in the mouth! The House has made a statement that they consider Arts Funding important enough to increase it by 10%. Let's deliver back on their investment with the best art we can make, and educating the public and our representatives on the importance and benefits of the arts as a part of daily life.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2001 6:43 am 
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From the Boston Globe:<P><B>Goodbye to all that<P>A reporter's reflections on 10 years of covering the culture wars</B><P>By Patti Hartigan, Globe Staff, 7/1/2001<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>This wasn't supposed to be war. This was supposed to be arts reporting - you know, the stuff of saxophones, tutus, iambic pentameter. Epic battles were supposed to take place onstage (with the odd exception of the distraught diva or the occasional behind-the-scenes power struggle). Combat scenes were supposed to be safely encased in neat frames on museum walls. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/182/living/Goodbye_to_all_that%2b.shtml" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><P>


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2001 4:54 am 
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<B>Arts Group Thinks Business for NEA</B> <BR> <BR>By Jacqueline Trescott for The Washington Post <P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A consortium representing arts groups is asking the White House to broaden its search for a chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts to include candidates from the business world.<P>Jan Denton, director of the American Arts Alliance, said yesterday that the group recommended four arts administrators last month but plans to send an expanded list to the White House next week. "We are now going to redouble our efforts and do a search for businesspeople who have already made their mark and are people committed to the arts," Denton said, adding that the Alliance's first list may have been too narrow. The White House also has received recommendations from a variety of other sources.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><BR><A HREF="http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55533-2001Jul12.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><BR>


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 Post subject: Re: NEA increased funding
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2001 11:16 pm 
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<B>Ivey Bowing; Senate Gives NEA $115M</B> <BR> <BR>by Roger Armbrust in Backstage<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Bill Ivey, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) chairman, presided over his advisory body's meeting last Friday for the last time.<P>The National Council on the Arts, along with its bidding adieu to Ivey, heard presentations from three of the mainstays who supported the NEA through its turbulent times in the mid-1990s, when a more conservative Congress attempted to kill the agency. Those ardent supporters are the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Americans for the Arts, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P> <BR><A HREF="http://www.backstage.com/backstage/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=968507" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><BR>


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