Courtesy Americans For The Arts
During keynotes and speeches in Reno there was no official mention about rumored cuts to the NEA, NEH, and PBS. "Wait" said some away, claiming it is the same old story given traction by a report by The Hill. At the National Arts Roundtable discussion the topic came up. There was talk about the elephant in the room. Of course you know that elephants is a GOP always eyeing arts funding as an easy cut. The spirit of Jesse Helms lives on.
Then roundtable speaker Robert Lynch, president/CEO of Americans for the Arts, showed attendees an ad that had a few media buys. One was next to Page 6 of the Daily News which is a favorite go-to page for the president, said Lynch. Another strategic placement was a Palm Beach newspaper that circulates at Mar-a-Lago.
It's a strategy that will need more oomph after today's story from the Washington Post. The headline reads "Trump wants to cut the NEA and NEH. This is the worst-case scenario for arts groups." From WaPo.
The above graphic can be downloaded at Americans for the Arts. I hope many shared on social media. Also at the site is a petition "Sign the National Petition to President Trump to Support the Arts in America" ready to be signed. There is also campaign directive is clear with their "Statement on Arts, Jobs, and the Economy." Any threat of budget cuts to the arts isn't just a loss of culture. It's a job killer. And for the next few years, everyday will be Arts Advocacy Day.
ADD 3.16: As if on cue the NEH Chairman William D. Adams released a statement. In part it reads:
Gabrielle Hunt of Lyon County (center) is the winner of the 2017 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Recital Competition. Cache Black of Elko County (left) and Lea Gifford of Douglas County (right) were awarded second place and third place, respectively.
Nevada Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary weekend had visits from national cultural heads of states who applauded arts programming in the cities and small towns of Nevada.
But final things first.
After an awards dinner, keynotes, workshops, site visits, all which included accolades for retiring Nevada Arts Council executive director Susan Boskoff, the weekend ended with the Nevada Poetry Out Loud Recital Competition, taped live at Reno’s PBS affiliate on Saturday.
High school students from each county, and one for virtual education, picked poems from a pool provided by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Each took a turn in round one and two, then a panel of judges picked three finalists to recite one more poem for a third round.
Gabrielle Hunt of Lyon County was awarded first place and will represent Nevada at the National Finals in Washington DC this April.
As the Poetry Out Loud State Champion, Gabrielle earns $1,000, wins another $1,000 for her school to support literary programs, and travels with a chaperone to Washington, D.C. to compete for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals, on April 25 and 26, 2017 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The full slate of semi-finalists are Carson City, Emily Matuska, sophomore, Carson High School; Clark County, Gillian Lajda, sophomore, East Career and Technical Academy; Douglas County, Lea Gifford, junior Douglas High School; Elko County, Cache Black, junior, Elko High School; Humboldt County, Tanner Ames, senior, Albert Lowry High School; Lincoln County, Nathanael Frehner, senior, Lincoln County High School; Lyon County, Gabrielle Hunt, junior, Yerington High School; Nevada Virtual, Erica Jean Peterson, sophomore, Nevada Virtual Academy; Nye County, Octavio Jesus Maldonado, junior, Beatty High School; Pershing County, Christopher J. Wilbur, junior, Pershing County High School; Storey County, Pandora Arredondo, junior, Virginia City High School; Washoe County, Skye Matuzak, sophomore, Truckee Meadows Community College High School
A trip to New York for the College Arts Association followed by a trip to LA, while working on stories for other sites, plus MFA research, is the reason for the lack of posts. There will be much to catch up on.
This press release, provided by Susan Boskoff, executive director of the The Nevada Arts Council, explains my next trip. The National Endowment for the Arts will be in Reno during a crucial time.
ABOVE: Americans for the Arts