Arts Groups Lose Out in Fight for Funds
After some political wrangling, the restrictive language was removed, and the NEA got $50 million. Some arts advocates championed the funding, noting it represented a third of the NEA's typical annual budget. But others found it lacking amid the severe recession.
In the $787 billion stimulus package, funding for the arts is a "drop in the bucket," says philanthropist Eli Broad, the founder of home builder KB Homes and financial titan SunAmerica, and a big art donor.
If arts groups want more money, they need to intensify outreach efforts, so audiences reflect an area's diverse population, Mr. Broad says. Arts organizations must "cater to a much broader audience that represents our demographics today and tomorrow, not what it used to be 30 years ago," he says. "You've got to democratize the arts if you expect to get the kind of financial support [desired] from individuals, foundations and government."
- Americans for the Arts
- Baltimore Opera
- Brandeis University
- Chrysler LLC
- Detroit Opera
- General Motors Corp.
- Imagination Stage
- Indianapolis Museum of Art
- Johns Hopkins University
- Metropolitan Museum Of Art
- Milwaukee Shakespeare
- Minnesota Museum of American Art
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Rose Art Museum
- The Wall Street Journal
- Washington Performing Arts Society