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How Will the Incoming Administration Deal with the Arts?

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Nov 25, 2016

A recent article in the Washington Post looked at what a Trump presidency might mean for the arts. While he has not made many public comments that indicate his positions, the article stresses that the important details will lie in how a Trump administration treats current tax codes as well as the funding streams allotted for federal and state agencies.

According to Sandra Swirski, a tax attorney who serves as executive director of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, it is unclear how Trump will view tax deductions for charitable giving. “He has provided mixed messages…Early on, they thought it was important and were for the deduction. Later, they thought it could change or be capped. He’s been kind of all over the map.”

While the Republican party’s rhetoric surrounding funding for the NEA has, in some cases, been alarming, Sarah Cunningham, executive director of research for the School of the Arts at VCU and trustee at the National Guild, stresses that a Republican administration doesn’t necessarily mean funding cuts for the arts. She notes that support for the NEA peaked under George H.W. Bush.

“If any community is good about dealing with challenges relative to economics or even articulating a clear voice amidst perhaps some sense of lack of clarity, the arts community is,” Cunningham said.

Read the full article here.
 

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