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ERIC Number: ED143042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Plight of Arts and Education in America.
Richmond, Fred
Despite an upsurge of public interest in the arts, cultural organizations in the United States are experiencing a grave financial crisis. This paper cites facts and figures that indicate traditional funding sources are inadequate to withstand the pressures of spiraling costs and dwindling resources, state arts appropriations are discouragingly low, and federal appropriations to the arts are entirely inadequate for meeting the needs of the nation's cultural institutions. The Arts and Education Check-Off Bill, HR 1042, is described; this bill calls for the addition of two pledge boxes to the 1040 income tax form, in which taxpayers can indicate their willingness to allow a deduction from their tax refund or to add to their tax payment, for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funds derived in this way will be used for programming and for general support of arts groups and individuals. There is also a provision in the bill prohibiting Congress from cutting federal funding of the endowments when the bill becomes law. Prominent supporters of the bill are listed. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Chicago, August 1977)