...Make the Case for Keeping Arts, Humanities, Museum & Library Funding Alive Senator says Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate NEA, NEH & IMLS would be a blow to arts, education, jobs, tourism, and overall economy
BigNews.Biz - Mar 19,2017 - Reed, RISCA Make the Case for Keeping Arts, Humanities, Museum & Library Funding Alive
Senator says Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate NEA, NEH & IMLS would be a blow to arts, education, jobs, tourism, and overall economy
PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed opposes President Trump’s effort to zero out the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provide federal grants for state and local arts and cultural organizations and libraries and museums.
Today, Senator Reed joined with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), representatives of local arts organizations and creative businesses, humanities advocates, and over three hundred concerned citizens for a forum on the need to save NEA, NEH, and federal funding to support America’s museums and libraries. The event was held in the large auditorium of the world renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
“We recognize that the arts and humanities will have a profound impact on who we are and who we will become,” said Senator Reed at the forum. “My view, echoing the great example of Senator Claiborne Pell, is that in the long run, our greatest contribution will not be military or economic prowess, it will be our contribution to the human spirit as a nation and as individuals. That is enshrined in the NEA, the NEH, and in IMLS. The arts and humanities let people test their talents and their personality. That’s something that’s priceless and we have to keep supporting it.”
Earlier this year, Senator Reed and 23 U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle sent a bipartisan letter urging the Trump Administration to keep federal funding accessible for the arts and humanities. The 24 Senators noted that: “The ideals of these agencies are enshrined in our Constitution as a fundamental tenet of American civil society. Article I, Section 8 explicitly empowers the United States Congress to promote the “Progress of Science and useful Arts.” The importance of federal support for these activities inherently aligns with the founding principles of this country. Federal support for the arts and humanities is essential to our education system, economy, and who we are as a nation. We hope you will keep this in mind as you consider proposals that support these fundamental American institutions.” They also noted that: “The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $704 billion industry, or 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP. The nonprofit arts industry alone produces $135 billion in economic activity annually and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue. The arts spur tourism, prepare our students for the innovative thinking required in the 21st century workplace, and employ more than 4 million people in the creative industries nationally.”
However, in his 2018 Budget Blueprint, issued on Thursday, President Trump proposes eliminating NEA and NEH, as well as IMLS. Senator Reed has vowed to oppose the President’s budget.
Former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI)