The President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team allready published in an effort to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years, a plan that calls for the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of communities in the U.S. by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency and one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
The art critic and senior editor of Hyperallergic Jillian Steinhauer described at Hyperallergic 2 days befor Trumb’s inauguration on January how this cut could affect the U.S. communities and its culture.
She compares this attempt with the presidency of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. In 1980, just three weeks after his election, Ronald Reagan considered the abolishment of both agencies as well.
Incoming presidents in the U.S. often announce their intentions to eliminate various programs and agencies and cultural and humanitarian agencies and funds are often among the chosen targets. But the president’s budget request is only the first step in a long, complicated budget approval process in USA that involves negotiation with both the House and the Senate.
Read Jillian Steinhauer’s article at Hyperallergic.