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Communities fear art funding cuts

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Small, rural communities like Bisbee don’t have to worry about cuts to funding for art programs yet, but the fear is lingering. President Donald Trump wants to cut federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal program that gives about $145 million across the country for art programs. Arizona receives about $1.5 million in federal funds for art initiatives.  The NEA gives Arizona around $800,000, the remaining money comes from the Arts Trust Fund. These funds are distributed through grants, but also through programs and services. Major cities like Tucson and Phoenix are given larger sums of money, while smaller communities only receive a couple thousand dollars. The Bisbee community fears that if they are already getting the short end of the stick, that federal cuts will have a bigger impact. “Funding for the arts in...

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