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L.A. Without the NEA

L.A. without the NEA: What does that look like? If the National Endowment for the Arts were to lose its funding, as has been proposed by President Trump, would many people notice?

Would you?

The Times is setting out to answer that question in this series that looks at the NEA through the lens of one city and its environs, where the proposed cuts have the potential to affect gargantuan arts institutions and grass-roots programs alike.

The NEA works. Why does Trump want to destroy it?

The NEA is part of the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum)
The NEA is part of the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum)

Yet another fight is shaping up over elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, which on Thursday the Trump administration announced as part of its first federal budget proposal. The National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corp. for Public Broadcasting, a chief revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio, would also get the ax.

How many times has this battle already been fought? Welcome to “Groundhog Day.”

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