The National Endowment For The Arts

There are few things in today’s modern world that can bring as much joy and satisfaction as seeing a beautiful painting, an intricate sculpture, or hearing a powerful piece of music. These works do not spontaneously create themselves. Rather, each one has its designer and maker. And each one of these creators was once at a starting point, where they did not possess the skills necessary to fulfill their artistic visions. Through formal education, and other methods of assistance, however, they are given the proper guidance and direction needed to produce wonderful things for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately, one of its biggest contributors, the government, may soon cut the funding ...

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change their mind in support of the arts program.
One of the biggest arguments against federal funding for the arts is that it costs too much money and that the government is already in debt too severely to provide for something as unnecessary as art. True, the government is extremely in debt, but what most people don’t know is that the NEA actually helps the economy, rather than hurt it. First of all, the amount of money spent by the government is actually relatively insignificant to its total expenditures. Cultural funding is less than one one-hundredths of one percent (.001%) of the federal government’s multi-billion dollar budget, and it costs each American only thirty six cents per year. That is a small price to pay for such a big return.
How could such a program help the economy? On a national level, nonprofit arts institutions and organizations generate an estimated $37 billion in economic activity and return $3.4 billion in federal income taxes to the U.S. Treasury ...

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