By George Leef
In an article I posted here in July, I lamented the fact that the National Endowment for the Humanities had funded the research for Professor Nancy MacLean’s hatchet job of a book entitled Democracy in Chains.
I was sure that the government’s largesse was not limited to just this nasty book and therefore was not surprised when I came across this article by Christine Roe, “From Cactus Theater to the Met, US Government Pours Hundreds of Millions Into Well-Heeled Arts.” Based on a new report from that invaluable organization, Open the Books, Roe highlighted numerous cases where federal money had gone to support arts and cultural organizations.
Thanks to Open the Books, we know that in the last fiscal year, the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities ladled out $441 million to more than 3,100 entities. Who gets money from Uncle Sam? The Metropolitan Museum of Art does. So does the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and Robert Redford’s famous Sundance Institute in Utah. All are quite capable of raising money from voluntary sources, but apparently they just can’t resist the urge to top off with some cash the IRS has squeezed out of American taxpayers. CONTINUE READING HERE