Trump on Thursday submitted to Congress a $1.1 trillion federal budget proposal that, among numerous other cuts, calls for eliminating four federal cultural agencies: the arts and humanities agencies as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The four agencies have a combined budget of $971 million.
Andrew Proctor, executive director of Portland’s Literary Arts, was among many noting that the proposed cuts amount to less than 1 percent of the total federal budget proposal. “This is an ideological blow,” Proctor said. “Cutting it isn’t about saving money. It’s about cutting it.”
In purely financial terms, Oregon doesn’t stand to lose much if the federal cultural agencies are eliminated.
According to the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency, in fiscal 2016 the National Endowment for the Arts made 32 direct grants totaling $795,000 to Oregon arts organizations and projects. It also gave $727,700 in partnership funding to the Arts Commission, which combined the money with state funds to make 267 additional grants. That’s a total of $1.522 million for the entire state – just over 10 percent of the $14 million annual operating budget of the state’s largest arts institution, the Portland Art Museum.