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The "birthplace of rock and roll" braces for federal cuts to arts funding

February 22nd, 2017

J. DYLAN SANDIFER | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

In 2011, Memphis’ South Main ArtSpace Lofts project received a $100,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The affordable housing development has since leveraged 18 million dollars in private and public money for artist live-work space on South Main.
 
The NEA’s support for other Memphis projects and organizations, such as the Tennessee Arts Commission, could be in jeopardy under the Trump administration.
 
“The arts are part of our DNA as a city,” said ArtsMemphis president and CEO, Elizabeth Rouse.
 
The NEA, which is the largest funder of nonprofit arts in the country, and other public art organizations like The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, support the arts through projects like ArtSpace across the country.
 
The White House budget office drafted a list that recommended President Trump’s first budget eliminate NEA, the NEH and the CPB. With these organizations on the chopping block, the Memphis art community rallied at Memphis Made Brewing February 20 to petition elected officials to protect the arts. 

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