Gioia: Two More “Hard” Years For State Arts

Dana Gioia wants to use his position as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts as an advocate for arts funding. “The arts in America are enormously vital, and I think the public support remains strong. What we are facing right now is a very severe – but temporary – budget crisis for the arts brought on by the recession. On a state level, it looks like we have two hard years to manage through. Luckily from a federal level, the NEA budget [$115 million] has actually grown, and our position in helping state and regional councils will be firm.I see my role in Washington to be a national spokesman for arts funding. … I refuse to believe that arts funding is a controversial issue in the United States.”