Building Support For The NEA, One Vote At A Time

National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia has spent the last year building political support for his agency, one politician at a time. “Conservative support for the agency is among the little-noticed political developments of this election year. In January President Bush asked Congress to increase the endowment’s budget by $18 million for the 2005 fiscal year, the highest percentage increase in a quarter-century.”