South Dakota arts leaders fighting for funding

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Funding for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra could be in jeopardy. President Trump is proposing eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts. A South Dakota Arts Council leader traveled to Washington to urge lawmakers to reject the president’s request.

“South Dakotans believe in the power of the arts,” says Jim Speirs, executive director for Arts South Dakota. Speirs is in Washington with a message for his lawmakers: reject President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal calling for elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA provides roughly 150 million federal dollars to arts programs nationwide. Speirs says the funding is crucial to local groups, like the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra: “our national budget must reflect the values of our nation. And we know that Americans, specifically South Dakotans, believe in the arts.”…

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