Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The NEA pt 2: Your NEA

Tell us about a project–or multiple projects–that enriched your community, projects that would not have been possible without support from the NEA.

Use the comments here and, if you’re on Twitter, take a moment and post there using the hashtag #NEA365.
Here's my problem... I'm not sure if I can contribute. I can't think of an institution that I visited in the last year that had an NEA logo on a program. I could put up TCG, but I'm not sure they've reached me ever. And certainly I'm not sure any of these projects would not have been possible without the NEA. The only time I ever heard the NEA's funding referenced by a recipient was someone derisively noting that the NEA's funding is nice to have, but not significant in their budget.

1 comment:

Ian Thal said...

Similarly: I can point to Massachusetts Cultural Council funding, or to local Arts Councils, and even other parts of the Federal government such as the Smithsonian Institution, but the NEA really doesn't come to mind as directly funding anything in which I have partaken recently (I may be mistaken, of course.)

At the same time, I'm not really invested in the current (and arguably broken) status quo of the new play development sector, since I was never part of it.