EDITORIAL: Cutting arts funding hurts communities like ours

(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

National arts funding agencies are once again threatened with extermination in President Trump's latest budget proposal.

While trimming bloated agencies might be a good policy, it is important to consider effectiveness.

These miniscule cuts will not fix the deficit or lower taxes.

Point in case, the agencies return tax dollars to thousands of communities.

The NEA's entire budget comprises only around 1/1000% of federal discretionary spending, and every dollar invested in the arts generates nine dollars.

There is a common misconception that these agencies are throwing money at individual artists who might make art that is offensive to some.

The truth of the matter is that it is very difficult for an individual artist to get any kind of funding, and the agencies primarily fund underserved communities and art for school-aged children, again returning tax dollars to thousands of communities across the nation.

Cutting the programs beings no change in taxes and no art.

Keeping the agencies mean fostering art programs and tax dollars coming back to our region

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