NPR, Brian Goldstein, NEA discussed on All Things Considered


And cultural organizations across the country, including NPR getting a grant from the NEA or any h helps them 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 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's 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, Leslie in classical, jazz and world music. Goldstein worries a slow down in an already complex process will make American venues nervous about programming foreign artists altogether. We already have the venues calling our office every day what's going to happen. What do we do when we pull the plug for now visa and passport service? Mrs 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 a show of works by Gordon parks at the National Gallery of art both are closed during the shutdown. Jill Laura mentor, 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 weren't going to get the cultural and educational aspect of it ROY says they lost about a thousand dollars rescheduling their trip to DC for April. She's optimistic the shutdown will be over by. Then if not she hopes, they'll at least get to see the cherry blossoms. Elizabeth Blair NPR news, Washington..

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