Julie Andrews is defending the National Endowment for the Arts from President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.
The legendary actress penned an op-ed for CNN with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, about why the President’s first federal budget plan is detrimental to children.
“Decades worth of research attests to the fact that the arts are among the most profoundly important and valuable ways to improve learning and promote success, from early childhood through adulthood,” Andrews and Hamilton wrote.
“Indeed, according to four longitudinal studies compiled and published by the National Endowment for the Arts, young people who engage regularly with the arts are twice as likely to read for pleasure, three times more likely to win an award for attendance or be elected to class office, and four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement or perform community service.”
Julie Andrews, in an op-ed with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, called for elected representatives to resture funding to the National Endowment for the Arts in the federal budget.
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Trump’s budget, released Thursday morning, would completely eliminate the NEA, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Instead, the “America First Budget” calls for $ 30 billion in new Defense Department spending and $ 24 billion more for defense, homeland security and border patrol funds.
“It is time to prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share,” Trump said in a letter that called the cuts “sensible and rational.”
President Trump’s budget, released Thursday morning, would completely eliminate the NEA, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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The EPA, State Department, and National Institutes of Health could also be hit hard.
“This is mind-boggling to us, considering how much the arts benefit our lives and our world. They foster collaboration and creativity, essential skills for navigating in the workplace and surviving in a challenging world. They cultivate empathy and tolerance, by bridging cultural and socioeconomic divides. They’re also good for business: They spur urban renewal, promote tourism and generate hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity annually,” Andrews and Hamilton wrote.
We feel it has never been more critical to advocate for and support the arts — not just in our schools, but in our communities and our lives. We therefore respectfully request that every member of our society — individuals, educators, administrators, business leaders — do everything possible to preserve and advance this most precious and essential resource, and demand that our elected representatives do the same.”
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said she’s “disappointed” by the proposed cuts.
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NEA Chairman Jane Chu made a similar plea about the values of the arts.
“We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation,” she said in a statement Thursday.
“We expect this news to be an active topic of discussion among individuals and organizations that advocate for the arts. As a federal government agency, the NEA cannot engage in advocacy, either directly or indirectly. We will, however, continue our practice of educating about the NEA’s vital role in serving our nation’s communities.”