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George Bernard Shaw once said All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions and executed by supplanting existing institutions Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships It is believed that some of the key functions of art are to inspire to provoke and to challenge existing assumptions This comes from the book Censorship in America I agree with defenders of government arts funding that if the government wishes to fund a constitutionally protected activity such as artistic expression it must do so as indiscriminately as possibly Otherwise it illegally relegates certain viewpoints to second-class status This violates the First Amendment whose primary purpose is to protect unpopular or minority views from being silenced This comes from The Facts on File News Services Update Arts Funding Marjorie Heins an American Civil Liberties Union attorney said When the government is supporting free expression whether through arts or humanities grants libraries or public universitiesit cannot discriminate in its funding decisions against unconventional or controversial ideas Therefore I believe that funding only inoffensive art unfairly restricts artists rights to free expression The first national program designed to benefit the arts was the Federal Arts Project It was established by President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1935 but as World War II began Congress eliminated the program Currently the federal government sponsors an agency called the National Endowment for the Arts or the NEA The NEA was established in September of 1965 in combination with the National Endowment for the Humanities The NEA distributed about 20 of its funds directly to the states all of which established their own arts funding agencies by 1974 This comes from The Facts on File News Services Update Arts Funding NEA grants are awarded on a selective basis to artists or organizations whose projects are deemed to have artistic merit The decisions about artistic merit is
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