Anne Midgette at the Washington Post notes the while it’s nice to honor the work of established artists, the NEA may be better off helping to jumpstart the careers of new artists. She used John Adams as an example:
Adams, in his remarks, cited a $2,500 NEA grant he had gotten as a young composer that enabled him to write his first orchestral piece, which in turn led to his commission for “Harmonium,” the stunning choral work that put him on the map. It was a reminder that the NEA may do more by enabling artists’ work than by honoring that work after they’ve done it. Read more.
What do you think? As arts funding is cut and donations are harder to come by, how is the NEA best able to further its mission (which, by the way, is “supporting excellence in arts, both new and established”)?