The National Endowment for the Arts has decided to release new controversial art projects using taxpayer funds.
The new projects dig in to liberal concerns such as climate change, gun control and gender identity issues. The funds also will provide art such as Macbeth with zombies, cowboy poetry, a play about privilege, and a traveling gay men’s chorus.
The Washington Free Beacon lists several of the controversial projects:
- “Fauxnique,” a drag queen, will receive a portion of a $30,000 grant. The funds will support the world premiere of the queen’s “Delicate Material,” which questions how society views gender and misogyny.
- Trans Scripts, is a play about gender identity and sex. It covers the lives of six men who are now women, costing $50,000.
- The Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. Is allotted $20,000 to bring its anti-bullying “it gets better” tour to Nebraska.
- A play about Marine who returns home from war to a sister that is now transgender and goes by the name “Max” will cost $40,000.
- The International LGBT Film Festival will cost $10,000.
- An exhibition at the University of Southern California for “Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” will cost $25,000.
- A concert discussing “issues of gender, sexuality, and identity” in Chicago will cost $10,000, and another $10,000 will be spent on a concert for LGBTQ youth in Minnesota.
- Performances on the “lack of credibility for women” in San Francisco will cost $10,000.
- $20,000 will be awarded in Chicago to South Side artists who “encourage open, ongoing, and active community participation in collective change” and “deepen understanding of race, class, gender, and sexual identities.” The funds are earmarked for living expenses.
The NEA Chairman, Jane Chu, said, “The arts are for all of us, and by supporting these projects, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.”
While releasing the grants she went on to say, “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
Taxpayers will also be funding the cost of a play about a Bush administration scandal centered around Valerie Plame. The production will cost $45,000.
The play’s pointed description states:
“Inspired by true events, the play is told through the eyes of Valerie Plame, a covert CIA operative searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq whose cover is blown,” the grant states. “A political thriller that explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking the truth, the play considers our country’s simultaneous needs for covert operations as well as transparency about our political motives.”
The total cost to taxpayers for all of the liberal art projects is $595,000.
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