COVID Cash Battles in Museum World

The NEA won’t take need into account in doling out money. Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629), The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus, 1625, oil on canvas, Centraal Museum, Utrecht. (Public domain/via Wikimedia)
Give relief to theaters, operas, and other live-performance venues first. Most museums, especially the big ones, don’t need the money, and they’ve failed the public.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I just read that Laura Lott, the president of the American Alliance of Museums, called President Trump “irresponsible and shameful” for suspending talks with Congress on the next wave of COVID-19 cash. Takes two to tango, but that’s another story. The Feds have already borrowed $2 trillion to address the Chinese coronavirus hysteria, but the museum community wants a few billion when the pig trough is replenished. There’s a bill circulating with a $4.9 billion price tag for arts organizations. Lott says 50,000 letters have gone to Congress demanding that a chunk of the cash to go to museums.

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