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Why do we need the Arts?

Trump Presidency is having a major effect on multiple areas, since we have witnessed in the last few months. Today, I wish to reflect aloud about its impact on the Arts, cultural programs and institutions.

 

Despite Trump´s business interests with the entertainment and television industries, the new administration intends to introduce funding cuts and tax policy changes, and is even contemplating to pass legislation to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. At this respect, a quick reminder that both the House and the Senate are controlled by Republicans.

 

It is a paradox that, according to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Commerce, the arts and cultural production contributed $729.6 billion to the American Economy in 2014, amounting to 4.2% of gross domestic product. Certainly, the arts play a more significant role to the national economy than do the construction, mining, utilities, insurance, and accommodation and food services industries.