ERIC Number: ED246495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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CETA/Arts/PLTC: A Lost Equation in Arts Funding.
Cornish, Roger N.
Noting that while the arts world has responded angrily to recent cuts in the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts, it has tended to ignore the total elimination of an even bigger funding source for the arts--the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program. To illustrate the importance of CETA to the arts, the paper first provides an overview of the role it has played in the arts from its inception in 1973, then provides a case study on one program--Philadelphia's People's Light and Theatre Company (PLTC)--which drew heavily on CETA support. After a brief discussion of the early years of the PLTC, the paper explains how it grew with the help of CETA funding and began to weaken when that funding was cut. The paper concludes that while a single case study cannot yield definitive conclusions about the impact of CETA arts funding, it might prompt further research into a phenomenon that might possibly have matched in scope the Federal Theatre project of the 1930s, and might also allow the formulation of hypotheses about the effects CETA support may have had on hundreds of other theatre organizations. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act