Essential Arts & Culture: Slashing the NEA, Deborah Borda leaves the L.A. Phil, a very sweet ballet

Essential Arts & Culture: Slashing the NEA, Deborah Borda leaves the L.A. Phil, a very sweet ballet


Essential Arts & Culture: Slashing the NEA, Deborah Borda leaves the L.A. Phil, a very sweet ballet

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities were among 19 independent government agencies that were earmarked for zero funding in the 2018 federal budget blueprint issued this week by the Trump administration. Los Angeles Times

Times art critic Christopher Knight says the cuts are short-sighted. Not only are artists who have benefited from the system in the past now giving back — the charitable foundations established by artists such as Mike Kelley and Andy Warhol are well-capitalized — but the cuts represent the elimination of something vital. “The arts are essential, not secondary,” he writes. “Smaller mid-American communities will be hardest hit. Jobs will be lost. Veterans programs will disappear. Quality of life will suffer. Arts education will vanish from more school curricula.” Los Angeles Times

Plus, the Times’ Libby Hill looks at works that owe their existence in part to either the NEA or the NEH, including the smash musical “Hamilton” and Ken Burns’ documentary series “The Civil War.” Los Angeles Times

And a roundup of creative responses to the cuts. Hyperallergic

L.A. Phil’s Deborah Borda leaving L.A.


Essential Arts & Culture: Slashing the NEA, Deborah Borda leaves the L.A. Phil, a very sweet ballet



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