An interesting piece in the LA Times asks a range of high-profile folks (including, at the extremes, Bill Maher and Ann Coulter) what they would do if they ran the NEA.
Some interesting thoughts (Warning: If you click on the story, you also have to click each individual for responses. Annoying.):
–Playwright/screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz suggests a dedicated tax to the NEA for all artists making over $1 million a year.
–Choreographer Bill T. Jones wants a cabinet post for the arts.
–News commentator Rachel Maddow would push for more arts education in prisons.
–Photographer Judy Fiskin suggests abandoning the “arts are educational” argument.
–Neil LaBute takes the wisenheimer approach, suggesting among other things, that he would “support a number of dance programs because, let’s face it, dance gets the short end of the stick in the arts, yet it’s really fun to watch and people often get naked.”
Your thoughts? (FYI: The NEA head honcho position is still open.)