The Senate passed a sweeping, bipartisan economic stimulus package late Wednesday that, among other provisions, allocates $75 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s a sharp contrast from and congressional ’ previous attempts to put arts funding on the chopping block, but advocacy organizations said it’s not enough — particularly for smaller arts institutions that may not survive the economic effects of prolonged closures.
Trump’s yearly budget proposals have regularly included for the NEA, which devotes much of its budget to supporting local and regional arts projects and organizations through grants. But Republicans have often dismissed arts funding as frivolous and niche.
Those dismissals came up again in negotiations over the economic package this week, with