Conservatives have sought to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts since the Reagan administration. In the past, arguments were limited to the content of specific state-sponsored works that were deemed offensive or immoral – an offshoot of the culture wars. Now the cuts are largely driven by an ideology to shrink the federal government and decentralize power.
By Maria Recio, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The new offices of the National Endowment for the Arts are ultra-modern: A glass-enclosed, transparent, updated look that is exactly what the new chairman wants the once-controversial agency to be. R. Jane Chu, well-regarded in arts circles though barely known by the general public, since June has […]
By Maria Reciom, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The National Endowment for the Arts is so non-controversial these days that the Senate committee that oversees the federal agency approved its new chairman Wednesday on a voice vote with almost no discussion as senators raced off to other meetings. Jane Chu, president and CEO of the […]