The arts are a nation’s conscience, and what condition they are in is a measure of its psychological well-being. It stands to reason that when a nation is being lead by a man with neither conscience nor psychological well-being, arts funding is the first thing he would seek to cut.
More info here:
“The Trump Administration has now put out two proposals to cut the National Endowment for the Arts. For the current fiscal year, the Trump Administration would like Congress to immediately cut $15 million from the NEA and NEH apiece. For next year, FY2018, the Administration would like to fully terminate the two cultural agencies.
Eliminating the NEA would be a devastating blow to the arts in America. For more than 50 years, the NEA has expanded access to the arts for all Americans, awarding grants in every Congressional district throughout all 50 states and U.S. Territories as well as placing arts therapists in 12 military hospitals to help returning soldiers heal from traumatic brain injuries. The NEA is also an economic powerhouse, generating more than $600 million annually in additional matching funds and helping to shape a $730 billion arts and culture industry that represents 4.2% of the nation’s GDP and supports 4.8 million jobs.”
From an amazing interview with Elias Khoury in The Paris Review – Khoury’s thoughts on the relationship of present to past, and on the role of literature: Interview conducted in Arabic and translated by Robyn Creswell.
While twinning & protesting, Erin and I ran into actor & photographer Walls Trimble, who just sent along the photo she took of us: Due to the ominous rain and the urban American location, we appear to be living the apocalyptic movies we grew up watching in the 90s. Either a UFO will crash into frame in the next 5 seconds… or some new and terrible legislation will.
Insane installation by Samara Golden, called The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes. Impossible to explain but this piece alone is worth the entire price of admission. Beautiful work by Raúl de Nieves – including the stained glass panels behind the figures of Somos Monstros, which he made (in an untraditional way.)
Daughter of two scientists, proud to march with one of my closest lifelong friends, a doctor & researcher. Alternative facts are fictions. And I love fiction, my life is mostly dedicated to creating it, but I do not love fictions manipulated to be accepted in the place of facts. Especially when this concerns the importance of and funding for science and the arts, the environment, women’s access to reproductive care up to and including abortion, healthcare in general, and THE FATE OF THE GODDAMN PLANET. Not surprisingly, many other New Yorkers feel this way. Erin made science protest t-shirts, available here.
… for example, when Delta cancels your flight to Louisville and then informs you that there are no flights available until Sunday, and American & United say the same thing, and your friends say, “Let’s drive,” so four of you get in a car and start driving and 13.5 hours later (snowstorm: Pennsylvania; rainstorm: Ohio) you arrive in Louisville for the Humana Festival. For the record, the GPS was optimistic, and we didn’t get here until after 8 am… but that’s still plenty of time to drink all the coffee in L-ville well before the first show of the day.
[Men In The Off Hours, Anne Carson]