President Trump promised to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which would cause “cultural organizations across New York City [to] lose millions of dollars of funding, threatening jobs, tourism, and arts education programs,” according to a new report.
In the report released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, the “cultural capital of the world” received $233 million in NEA funding in the last 16 years, including $21 million for organizations specifically providing arts education.
“From Broadway to Bed-Stuy, cultural groups add to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods and the fabric of our city,” Stringer said. “They educate our children, broaden their minds, and teach them to think critically. It would simply be wrong for The White House to make the arts its latest target. Our kids and our communities would be hurt the most.”