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January 30, 2004

Washington Post

After years of being noisily vilified and then quietly rebuilt, the National Endowment for the Arts is poised to get a 15 percent raise, its largest in 20 years. At a news conference at the NEA headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the first lady announced that the White House would recommend to Congress next week that the NEA receive an additional $18 million each year for the next three years to underwrite an initiative called "American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius."

NEA Chairman Dana Gioia said the program would highlight the country's achievements in all arts forms, "from painting to modern dance, theater to jazz, classical music to literature." He said the musical emphasis the first year would be on American choral masterpieces, which would likely include productions by singing groups VocalEssence of Minnesota and Chanticleer of San Francisco. More

Posted by acapnews at January 30, 2004 9:49 AM

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