What Budget Cuts For The National Endowment for the Arts Could Mean For Utah

President Trump is expected to reveal his budget plan on Tuesday night. It is expected that he will cut funding for The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities.  Raymond Tymas-Jones is the dean of the College of Fine Arts, the associate vice president for the arts at the University, and holds a faculty appointment as a full professor in the School of Music.

He says that, "The NEA creates an egalitarian approach to supporting artistic and cultural endeavors by granting funding regardless of geography and regardless of the density of the population. This means that rural arts establishments and organizations would be less able to serve their communities than those in urban environments where alternative resources are more available."

Tymas-Jones says that within the last five years, the NEA has funded more than 100 projects/entities in Utah including organizations from Moab to Logan and everywhere in between. This includes every single professional arts organization on the University of Utah's campus.

People looking to stay informed on potential changes should watch for announcements made by the Utah Cultural Alliance. Tymas-Jones says is an organization that is providing great insights and updates on local and national arts-related issues, and they are even sponsoring a petition to save the National Endowment for the Arts.

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