Gioia Presents NEA Budget To Congress

National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia presented the Bush administration’s request for a 15 percent budget increase to Congress. “The need for national arts leadership has never been more critical. There is presently a national crisis in state, local, and private arts funding across the United States. Budget cutbacks are nearly universal, and the majority of institutions in most arts fields are currently operating at a deficit with numerous bankruptcies, even among established organizations. Our appropriations — 40% of which are directly allocated to state arts agencies and regional organizations — provide much needed stability in this challenging environment.”