On its way to Broadway, “Hamilton” benefited from support by the National Endowment for the Arts. So did “August: Osage County” and “Fun Home,” currently in production at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre.
But these high-profile productions are only a small part of what the NEA funds. The proposed elimination of the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced Thursday in a 2018 budget blueprint from the Trump administration, would hit closer to home.
Murals by low-income students at probation centers. New works by Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights. Art outreach for the homeless of skid row and South L.A.
These programs and organizations are among the 162 in California listed in a recent NEA grant announcement — a total of $4.4 million for this year.
That’s a lot of free money, and it’s no wonder liberals in California are freaking out.
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