These are uncertain times for the arts. Americans have fewer and fewer opportunities to make art an accessible and everyday part of our lives — from the habitual elimination of arts programs from public schools to proposed limitations on tax deductions, among other challenges.

Along with budget cuts comes threats to abolish the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), a federal agency that has existed for 53 years. The NEA is fully appropriated by Congress, with a budget of $149 million, which serves as an arts stimulus in every congressional district.

IVY sat down with Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who discussed the foundational role the arts play in shaping a better world.

Chairman Chu describes what the NEA does, its larger impact, and why the arts industry is one of the biggest drivers of the American economy — and a worthwhile investment in our communities.

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