IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, and WGA East/West Issue Joint Statement on Arts Cuts

Arts cuts.  Organizations in our purview are commenting on President Trump’s proposed cuts to National Arts funding.  Just having returned from USITT this week, I was surprised to hear conversations for and against his cuts to the artistic health of the United States.  If we’ve got no arts, what is any of this worth?

From the DGA website:

DGA, SAG-AFTRA, WGA West and East, and IATSE Statement on the Administration’s Proposed Cuts to Arts Funding

March 16, 2017

Los Angeles – The DGA, SAG-AFTRA and WGA West and East, and IATSE—as the Guilds representing creators, performers, technicians and artists in American film, television, radio, sound recordings and digital media—urge our nation’s leaders to preserve funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. As a source of inspiration, action and economic growth, our country’s creative arts are integral to our culture, our American identity and our democracy. Access to the arts has fueled generations of great Americans, uplifted communities and helped heal our nation’s greatest divides. Cutting federal support of these programs will not only hurt artists and those who benefit from their work, it will also send a damaging message to future generations about the power of art and its place in our culture.