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This message comes from NPR sponsor, the American Academy of PA's with thousands of hours of medical training and versatile skill set p as our expanding access to team based care when it comes to quality healthcare, your PA can handle it. The partial government shutdown is making more people anxious every day, including those in the arts theatre's dance companies symphony orchestras nonprofit arts organizations, worry about the impact on themselves and their audiences including school, kids and families NPR's. Elizabeth Blair has more Dorothy Ryan is managing director of theatre for a new audience based in Brooklyn for more than a decade. They've been taking Shakespeare to dozens of New York's poorer schools through program partly funded by federal agency the National Endowment for the arts this spring. They're planning to introduce students to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. They start by learning the story of the play and learning how to understand and reach Shakespeare, and then they come to see the play and special morning matinees that we do. But. Ryan's concerned now that the NEA is closed during the shutdown theater for a new audience has already been awarded twenty five thousand dollar grant from the NEA. But here's the thing. They don't get the money until after services have been delivered. We don't have the money in hand as you can imagine any nonprofit Cultural Organization struggles with cash flow is they really need to expend funds before funds are received. And the question about when the National Endowment for the arts will be distributing funds is really hits home for us on its website. The NEA says despite the shutdown it will honor all of its fiscal year twenty nineteen grants and that it still accepting applications for twenty twenty but there's nobody working at either the NEA or the humanities endowment to answer questions. Both agencies give money to thousands of small and large arts and cultural organizations across the country, including NPR getting a grant from the NEA or any h helps them Ray. Raise funds from other sources, but fundraising is a delicate time consuming process Bob Lynch's, head of the advocacy organization Americans for the arts, which also contributes to NPR. It's a fragile industry. Tunis sought a rich money making thing. So any little crack potentially affects people in their planning and their ability to attract other funders, all of that kind of thing. It's a ripple effect visits from international artists. Could also be in jeopardy. You know it show business. It's already fraught with risk, and this is one more complete unpredictable process that could blow up at any moment. Brian Goldstein is a lawyer with gee-gee arts law, a firm that helps international artists secure visas to perform in the United States, mostly in classical, jazz and world music. Goldstein worries. A slowdown in an already complex process will make American venues nervous about programming foreign artists altogether. We already have the venues calling our offer. His every day. What's going to happen? What we do when we pull the plug for now visa and passport services remain open. According to a State Department spokesperson, they'll stay open, quote as long as there are sufficient fees to support operations. Art lovers have had to cancel trips to those free, museums and galleries that are federally funded. That includes the art of burning man a blockbuster show at the Smithsonian's Renwick gallery and our show works by photographer. Gordon parks at the National Gallery of art both are closed during the shutdown Jill Rura and her family spent months planning a trip to Washington DC from their home in Chicago during her daughters winter break, we decided not to go after the shutdown because we didn't need to travel and spend all that money on hotel rooms and fancy meals if we were going to get the cultural and educational aspect of it Rome says they lost about a thousand dollars rescheduling their trip to DC for April. She's optimistic the shutdown

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