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Trump tried several times to close the US Endowment for the Arts, but could not

Trump tried several times to close the US Endowment for the Arts, but could not

In that country, furthermore, the organization is not autonomous, as in ours, but is supported by federal resources.

trump. The former US president in the company of one of the few actors who support him, Jon Voight.

During his four years in government, Donald Trump tried to close the National Endowment for the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts), a measure that has inspired the current Argentine administration. But he couldn’t. He Congress, In each of the cases, he not only voted against the measure but also increased the budget. It must be remembered that the NEA, acronym with which the English language is known American Foundation for the Artsis not an autonomous organization like our Fund, nor do its resources come from the Public Payer Lawbut rather receives money from the public treasury directly.

The NEA was created in 1965 (that is, seven years after our FNA, which was inspiring throughout the world), when the president Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation declaring that “the arts and humanities belong to all people,” the endowment was founded on the belief that The arts have a role in spiritual health and economic of the nation, and they deserve government support. This belief is part of the identity of the Democratic partyalthough it is not entirely rejected by the Republican.

Only the most extreme wing, the one that gives less importance to culture than to National Rifle Association (of which the late actor Charlton Heston was one of its most fervent partners). He wanted sweep with the NEAwith the excuse of not wasting State resources. Trump never changed his point of view and to this day he continues to consider spending on culture as a waste of federal dollars, but the Congress, and in a bipartisan manner, always voted against him. In a note that appeared in “The New York Times in 2021, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, executive director of the US Action Fund for the Arts (Americans for the Arts Action Fund, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with the NEA), said: “The years and years of work we had done to create a Congress in favor of the arts, whether Republican or Democrat, really achieved their goal. He Congress “It became a bastion to avoid catastrophe.”

Most legislators, in their rejection of Trump’s intentionmaintained that culture, in addition to its intrinsic values, is an economic engine and that, in comparison with what other demands federal agencies the NEA is not expensive. His budget of $167.5 million for 2021 It did not exceed what a city, New York, spends on its cultural affairs. As soon as the Democratic government took office, Joe Biden called for a 20% increase for the NEAwhich with parliamentary approval led to annual figure of $203.5 million (that was last year’s Budget). These figures, however, are absolutely dwarfed by the cultural budgets of European countries, where financial support for the arts is considered a function of government. For example, him UK Ministry of Cultureexcept during the two years of the pandemic, allocates to the culture 1 billion dollars.

In addition to propose the dissolution of the NEAin another gesture that makes him even more similar to the current Argentine ruling party, trump included in his own “chainsaw” to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcastingwhich supports public television and radio media throughout the country, including PBS, the Public Broadcast System of open television, whose history records the best cultural programs in that country.

The Trump critics say his attempt to shut down the NEA It was just one of the ways he demonstrated his antipathy for the arts. He also dissolved the Presidential Committee on Arts and Humanities when its members resigned in protest over his defense of nationalists Charlottesville targets in 2017.

Source: Ambito

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