Budget hike sought for National Endowment for the Arts
Arts advocates are asking for a $180 million fiscal 2011 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts, up 7.5 percent and exceeding the record-high $176 million budget in fiscal 1992 but still far short of the $272 million it would need to equal the buying power it had 18 years ago before its funding was gutted during the so-called “culture wars” in the U.S, the Los Angeles Times reported April 8 (see arts funding story).
Reading Is Fundamental faces critical loss of federal funds
A change the way the federal government plans to divvy up fund it has provided to nonprofit groups that promote literacy could sink one of them, like Reading Is Fundamental, The New York Times reported April 8 (see Reading is Fundamental story).
Harlem arts-school’s chair blames ousted president for financial woes
Financial problems at the Harlem School of the Arts, which has closed its doors, possibly forever, began before the recession, and its board chairman says its ousted president and others failed to give the board a true picture of its payroll-tax liability, The New York Times reported April 8 (see Harlem art school story).