By VICTORIA D. ALEXANDER
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At the federal level, all three branches of the government, the executive, the legislative and the judicial, play a role in the arts. Direct support The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), founded in 1965, offers grants to nonprofit arts organizations for programs and exhibitions. 2 For art museums and the visual arts, such grants can include artists’ commissions; workshops; short-term residencies (but not fellowships or grants to artists); exhibitions of painting, sculpture, media art, or other fine or folk arts; education and outreach programs; and documentation and conservation of art objects.
As we shall explore in more detail below, the US Government has played a role in the so-called censorship of art and artistic expression. Censorship of controversial art may be popular with the American electorate but is, at the same time, morally suspect. 15 Laws affect art by providing incentives (or disincentives) for certain behaviors, or by requiring or prohibiting certain actions. As we have seen, the Internal Revenue Code provides incentives that have strongly affected the arts, especially art museums, which have received innumerable financial and in-kind gifts from corporations and individuals as a result.
Art and the State: The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective by VICTORIA D. ALEXANDER