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Posted: April 25, 2017 This UNT Music Librarian Outlines Challenges, Rewards In His Work In The Digital Age

On the major challenges facing music librarians: I think one of our biggest challenges is misperceptions about the importance of libraries, especially with people who hold the purse strings, whether it's politicians or administrators, who think 'well, everything is on the internet, now everything is on the web, and we don't need libraries anymore.' Our challenge is to make sure people understand that No. 1: Not everything is digitized. No 2: Even when things are digitized you still need to have help finding what's out there, and that's where we come in.

I just had to issue a statement on behalf of MLA protesting the administration's plans to do away with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Music and Library Services, which are very dear and vital to what we do as music libraries."

Mark McKnight is the head of the music library at UNT. He was recently named president of the Music Library Association, an international group of librarians, musicians and scholars. 

Posted: April 25, 2017 A Red State’s Arts Blues
The New York Times

Mostly rural states like South Dakota could have outsize importance in deciding the fate of the endowment — and of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which the president has also marked for elimination. South Dakota, which has fewer than a million people, received the fifth-highest amount of federal arts money per person in the nation last year, and the endowment’s generally small grants can have a bigger impact here than they would at the Metropolitan Operas of the world. The endowment sent the state $966,600 last year, most of which went to South Dakota’s arts council, which gets roughly half the money it disperses here from Washington. (Members of the state’s small congressional delegation did not respond to emails or calls seeking their position on the programs.)

Posted: April 25, 2017 TRUMP’S BUDGET PROPOSAL: Funding for Bartlesville arts could disappear
Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise

Ann Thompson, executive director of Oklahoma Humanities, said that since 2004, NEH grants funded to Bartlesville art programming have totaled around $56,500. She said the recipients of the grants include Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville Public Library, Oklahoma Mozart International Festival, and Friends of Frank Phillips Home.

Many of the grant projects were museum exhibits, lectures, reading and discussion programs, and first-person historical portrayals. NEH has also helped fund programs from the surrounding areas.

She said the economic impact of the NEH in Oklahoma is clear with, on average, for each federal grant dollar provided, five dollars are raised by the communities.

“This shows the power of the federal/state partnership intrinsic to the NEH’s mission. There is no doubt that without the federal funds as a leveraging tool for local support, many of these projects would not be able to take place,” said Thompson.

As a state agency, the Oklahoma Arts Council cannot advocate for its own survival, but Gavin said it does have a mandate to educate and inform people regarding its impact and the impact of NEA funding in Oklahoma.

Posted: April 24, 2017 9 questions for Martha Nussbaum
Vox Media, Inc

How do people form opinions? How do they reason their way through the world? What influences them? 9 Questions is an ongoing series that explores the intellectual habits of the most interesting thinkers in the world.

This week, Martha Nussbaum — philosopher, author, and professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago — answers our questions.

Posted: April 24, 2017 CBS Defends NEA: ‘Art Needs Subsidy to Be Alive,’ Not the Marketplace
MRC Newsbusters

CBS’s Sunday Morning: In the segment narrated by Erin Moriarty, she complained that “Last month, the Trump Administration unveiled a proposed budget that defunds the National Endowment for the Art, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

Posted: April 24, 2017 The local ripple: How Trump’s spartan budget could hit Nevada communities
Las Vegas Sun

In late March, the National Governors Association sent a letter to congressional leadership urging “meaningful consultation with states when considering any reduction or elimination of federal funding that will shift costs to states.” Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the letter as NGA’s vice chair.

The Trump administration has proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, programs that provide large grants to the Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Public Radio. It would slash Community Development Block Grants and a wastewater disposal fund for rural areas. Trump’s budget also would reduce funding for PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes), which reimburses counties that forgo property tax on parcels owned by the federal government. This is an especially important tool for states in the West, where nearly half of the land is federally owned (in Nevada, it’s 85 percent).

Lyon County received about $2 million in PILT funding last year, and the county has seen the federal government adjust payments in the past. “We never put that $2 million in our operating budget, mainly because politicians do this (stuff) all the time,” Page said. But he said losing it would still be a “big deal” because it helps the growing county keep up with capital improvements.

Posted: April 24, 2017 March for Science draws thousands
Yale News

In a Friday email to the Yale community, University President Peter Salovey said that Yale will continue to fight for “federal funding that advances our national and human interests,” specifically addressing Trump’s proposed cuts to student aid, the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities that will take effect in 2018.

Posted: April 24, 2017 Defending Science: Why America’s Scientists Were Marching This Weekend - See more at:
Tech Times

The March For Science - The initiative started on social media, where numerous users tried to convince peers who are interested in science to get out of their homes to protect the scientific community.

"This has been a living laboratory as scientists and science institutions are willing to take a step outside their comfort zone, outside of the labs and into the public spheres," said Beka Economopoulos, founder of the pop-up Natural History Museum and an organizer of the march.

The budget cut also affected non-scientific activities. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts were some of the programs that President Trump proposes to eliminate.

April 22 was President Trump's 100th day in office, and his measures were not received with as much popularity as he may have expected. As a result of these budget cuts, thousands of scientists and science supporters marched in Washington, D.C. in what was called "the March of Science."

Posted: April 24, 2017 NEH OKs contracts
The Daily Freeman Journal

School Nurse Cindi Sweedler presented the proposed NEH Wellness Policy. An ISU study of the district’s nutrition, recess, and physical activity programs received superior scores by the college researchers, said Sweedler. The school earned high marks on lunchtime activity while it was determined that the district does not have a strong staff wellness program, said Sweedler.

Using the university’s feedback, Sweedler wrote the school’s program. NEH’s Wellness Policy data will serve as a resource when NEH’s Food Service Program compiles its USDA report next year, said Sweedler.

By participating in the ISU study, NEH earned a $500 stipend from the university, reported Sweedler.

“It was a great pat on the back,” she told the board. “What we are doing and what we plan to do — we are well above board.”

Both Olson and Sweedler were acknowledged by Kruger for their work on developing the district’s policies.

Posted: April 21, 2017 The Power of the Arts
The Spectator

The first one hundred days of the Trump presidency have given us a taste of the style of governance we are to expect for the next four years. For many, this has been a cause of consternation as travel is restricted and our alliances wither. Next on the President’s firing line are the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which are to be eliminated in Trump’s budget proposal. Now more than ever, the arts community has to show its fangs and demonstrate that it has the capacity to make lasting change, even if it must fight tooth and nail under adverse circumstances.

Hamilton’s latest mainstage production is an example of how theatre can both entertain audiences and subvert our commander-in-chief to great effect. Antigonick features a 2,000 year-old story, re-energized by Anne Carson’s translation and re-invented by Mark Cryer’s needlepoint direction. Yet the core message remains the same: a warning about the perils of demagoguery and the rulers who use it to circumvent justice. In a similar vein, Get Out has pushed the glaringly problematic nature of modern racism to the forefront of American cinema.