FROM Alyce Myatt
NEA Cuts Funding to PBS The National Endowment for the Arts, the US government's main agency for arts funding, startled the arts world yesterday with news that it was making sweeping cuts in its support of several PBS television shows, and for the first time was making a significant investment in new media projects, including gaming and mobile and Web-based arts ventures. Alyce Myatt is Media Arts Director at the NEA.
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