No Music or Dance in First Round of NEA American Masterpieces

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The National Endowment for the Arts's first American Masterpieces program will not include any music or dance because of funding limitations, the Washington Post reports.

The program, subtitled "Three Centuries of Artistic Genius," was meant to bring the best of American theater, dance, classical music, jazz, and literature to the American public via touring groups, presentations, and artists assigned to each of the 50 states.

The $18 million that First Lady Laura Bush requested for the program was not granted, however; instead, Congress approved $2 for the program.

The first American Masterpieces tour will contain only visual arts, including a traveling exhibition of works by African American painter Jacob Lawrence.

Yesterday, the NEA announced more than $61 million in grants to national, regional, state, and local arts agencies.


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