Defunding of Public Arts and Humanities on Eastern Standard

Apr 10, 2017

On this week's Eastern Standard: our panel discusses the challenges organizations such as Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Humanities, and public tv such as KET face now that the defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts could be reduced to zero.
Credit Kentucky Humanities Council

President Trump’s proposed federal budget includes a plan to zero-out funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss what such cuts could mean for Kentucky.

Guests include:

Bill Goodman: Newly named Executive Director of Kentucky Humanities Council, as well as former host at KET of Kentucky Tonight. Goodman had served as host and managing editor of the public affairs series on Kentucky Educational Television since 1996.

Julie Schmidt: Senior Director of External Affairs at Kentucky Educational Television. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Richard Taylor: author—a former Kentucky poet laureate, currently the Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University. His PHD is from University of Kentucky and is currently teaching courses such as creative writing and perspectives on literature at Transy. His areas of study include Kentucky writing and history.

His recent op-ed piece in the Lexington Herald Leader tackles this very subject.

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