MinnPost has calls and emails out to see if a $50 million provision for the National Endowment for the Arts is still alive in the compromise reached on the economic stimulus package Wednesday. The money would be doled out to state arts boards and nonprofit arts organizations during the economic downturn, with the idea being that artists need to eat too.
A spokeswoman for the NEA told me this morning that the agency also is trying to get confirmation on the provision’s status.
The provision passed in the House version of the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment bill, but was excluded in the Senate version, with some members of Congress citing it as an example of pork.
We’ll update as soon as we learn something definitive.