In an attempt to balance the budget, President Trump proposes cuts for funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, meaning PBS and NPR.
Students at in Professor Ellen Rosewell’s art class at UWGB are trying to make their voice heard, each one of them is drawing up a post card that the class will send to federal representatives in the government.
Claire Kitzerow is a junior who grew up with a passion for the arts singing in the choir and performing on stage, she believes that history will remember if the government does follow through with these proposed cuts.
“The biggest argument that I have for saving the National Endowment of the Arts is that eliminating the NEA tells the people that our government does not support or care about our quality of life,” said Kitzerow.
If the government cuts funding for these four cultural agencies it would save less then 1/10 of one percent of the budget, although Republicans argue that by making several small cuts those would add up and end up being a huge number.
“Penny wise and pound short,” said Professor Rosewell. “The arts provide such a wonderful benefit to communities and to individuals.”
Sidebar that was Nick Saldana playing the piano in the video, Nick is a senior at UWGB.
That is something we have seen in Green Bay with the growth of the art district on Olde Main where it is anchored by the Art Garage.
“I think the arts are a means for people to connect to their soul and express themselves,” said Kim Pigeon-Metzner of the Art Garage. “I think deep down everybody either wants to be an artist or connect with an artist who can help them connect with their feelings.”
These proposals also have museums concerned, Rolf Johnson the CEO told Local 5 that the budget cuts are “scary” and has many people in the scientific and cultural communities worried.