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NEA cuts ignore the economic impact of art

Jun 04, 2017 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

What sayeth the dark midnight hour?

That rough translation of a line from a Friedrich Nietzsche poem typifies the emotional excavations that are a fundamental purpose of art. Such diggings, however, do not always please governments that seek to control, define or suppress artistic expression.

President Donald Trump's budget blueprint that eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts is only the latest salvo directed at the federal agency since the late 1980s, when NEA grants to Rob...