Hope for arts – Waiting on new president

Bill Ivey, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, is optimistic that President-elect George W. Bush will support increased government funding for the arts, the Associated Press reported Dec. 19.

Ivey, appointed by President Clinton in 1997, said the NEA has not yet been contacted by the Bush transition team.

He said he was hopeful because spending on the arts increased in Texas during Bush’s years as governor.

Funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts rose from $3.3 million in 1997 to $5 million in 1998, 1999 and 2000, the NEA said.

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