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In 2012 federal budget, NEA is cut and Smithsonian gets a raise

The fiscal 2012 federal budget is awaiting the signature of President Obama.

Arts advocates have been holding their breath all year to see how the Republican and Democratic arguments over arts funding would play out.

The National Endowment for the Arts received $146.2 million, which is the same target the president had sent to the Hill earlier this year. That’s a reduction of $9 million from the 2011 total of $155 million. The National Endowment for the Humanities received the same amount and reduction.

The Smithsonian is relieved to receive $811.5 million, which is $52 million above the fiscal 2011 appropriations.

Early in 2011 there were questions about the impact of the “Hide/Seek” controversy on the federal money given the Smithsonian. That concern seems to have died out.

In the Smithsonian’s budget is $75 million, targeted for the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Construction begins in 2012.

Also included is $17 million for the revitalization and design of some projects at the National Zoo.


Photo: Rocco Landesman, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, is getting $9 million less for the agency in fiscal 2012. (Marcus Yam/TWP) (Marcus Yam)

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