Promoting U.S. arts – Federal spending falls

The Clinton administration and arts advocates are pushing legislation to create an endowment with private donations to offset shrinking federal support to send American culture overseas, The New York Times reported Nov. 29.

At a White House conference Nov. 28 on culture and diplomacy, President Clinton said he supported bills introduced in Congress this year – but too late for any votes or hearings – that would establish such an endowment.

The bills were introduced by Rep. Jim Leach, an Iowa Republican, and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Delaware Democrat.

The U.S. government now spends less than a fourth of what it spent in 1993 to spread American culture abroad, such as government-sponsored performance by orchestras and opera companies.

Promoting American culture through embassies, Clinton said, “will become more and more important.”

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