HERE ARE excerpts from an interview in The Ripon Forum with the ousted chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, John Frohnmayer. (The Ripon Society is a research and policy organization oriented to moderate and liberal Republicanism.)
Q. Your successor, Anne-Imelda Radice, has said she thought the NEA might very well go down the tubes. If that did happen, what would be the cultural costs to the United States?
A. Immense. Because one of the great successes of the arts endowment has been to create state arts agencies in every state and every territory, and there are almost 4,000 local arts agencies now, a whole bunch of presenters and a network of touring organizations and performers. It would be devastating to that network.