According to a report published by the Hill, President-elect Trump is planning significant cuts to federal programs, including the departments of Transportation, Commerce and Energy. What else is on the chopping block? The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And, according to the report, they’re not just going to get budgetary cuts—they’re going to be eliminated. This matters.
The United States already barely supports the arts at all in comparison to other developed countries. But still, the NEA and NEH are crucial for the survival of arts and cultural organizations around the country. Best known for supporting the fine arts, these organizations also support many architectural initiatives under the rubric of “Design”, a category which here covers: “architecture, communications and graphic design, fashion design, historic preservation, industrial and product design, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, universal design, social impact/public interest/human centered design, rural design, and urban design.”
What kind of projects are supported by the NEA? AIA conferences, for one. But also: design competitions; architecture exhibitions; designs and plans for new cultural buildings as well as districts, neighborhoods, public spaces and landscapes; community workshops for design projects; neighborhood planning activities; residencies; socially-oriented design initiatives; adaptive reuse of historic buildings; historic and community preservation projects; conferences and symposia; educational initiatives; and much, much more.
Groups like the American Architecture Foundation, the Architectural League of New York, Architecture for Humanity, the Association of Architecture Organizations, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture rely on NEA funding to support their programs. And architects depend on these organizations to cultivate discourse, professional networking, and the advancement of the field more broadly.
Should the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities be eliminated, there will be significant ramifications for both the field and the built environment in general. Check out what projects are funded by the NEA here.
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Spending on these things is miniscule. This is just trump - as have many R's in the past - grandstanding for his uneducated constituents who are afraid of curiosity.
The opinion that govt should not be involved in art actually requires a very long debate. You didn't even attempt to engage it, Just demonized the person and declared your view superior. I'd say Art is the most important thing in society, so my views are not what you may assume. The idea that govt should fund the arts is also not something I necessarily object to so long as they are soley in the business of writing checks and not determining content and not preventing me from creating as I please. I just cant see why jgalt should burn alive for having such an opinion. Its not like he's calling for the execution of all puppies.
This sucks. Art is a key export of this country, its value incalculable. Obviously a despot move, though who knows if it will happen.
The public/private debate is pretty tired on both sides. The reality is public (education, arts, etc) create much future private business. People say "government shouldn't be in the art business" but they miss the point. The joke is every CEO is a failed musician or poet--that is very true.
As for "design and architecture" liberal media already abandoned architecture a long time ago for lazy political grandstanding and narratives.
"I'd say Art is the most important thing in society" and "Art is the only exceptional thing americans do" - can these statements be clarified or contextualized? The come across as meaningless statements not provocative; at face value they are easily rejected.
The NEA is a key organization not in promoting the arts but in promoting public access to the arts! As for design and architecture, the line between art and utility is often blurred, more so by private commissioning, so I would suggest maybe there is a role for publicly funded work that can deliver ideas outside the marketplace?