Thursday, May 19, 2011

Crunching Numbers: NEA Grants (Part 2)

Number of grants per state

NY 39
CA 32
IL 10
MN 7
PA 6
TX 5
GA 4
MA 4
DC 3
KY 3
MO 3
TN 3
VT 3
AZ 2
CT 2
FL 2
ME 2
MD 2
MI 2
MT 2
NM 2
NC 2
OH 2
OR 2
VA 2
WA 2
AR 1
CO 1
ID 1
IN 1
KS 1
LA 1
OK 1
WI 1
AL 0
AK 0
DE 0
HI 0
IO 0
MS 0
NE 0
NV 0
NH 0
NJ 0
ND 0
RI 0
SC 0
SD 0
UT 0
WV 0
WY 0

SUMMARY
17 (34%) states got no NEA theatre grants at all

  • This represents 34 (34%) votes in the Senate and 56 (15%) votes in the House

8 (16%) states got one NEA theatre grant

  • This represents 16 (16%) votes in the Senate and 46 (10.5%) votes in the House

12 (24%) got two NEA theatre grants

  • This represents 24 (24%) votes in the Senate and 115 (26.4%) votes in the House
3 (6%) states got 10 or more NEA theatre grants

  • This represents 6 (6%) votes in the Senate and 111 (25.5%) votes in the House
Comparison of grant money distribution


Top 10% (CA, NY, IL, MN, PA) = $2,319,000 (53% of distributed grant money)

  • By comparison, in the United States the top 10% of the population owns 71% of the wealth

Bottom 50%: (AL, AK, AR, CO, DE, HI, ID, IN, IO, KS, LA, MS, NE, NV, NH, NJ, ND, OK, RI, SC, SD, UT, WV, WI, WY): $270,000 (6% of distributed grant money)

4 comments:

Leigh Hile said...

Took look at this impartially, though, I think you have to look at the number of grant applications coming in from each of these states as well. Is that info available?

Gwydion Suilebhan said...

Once again, you've broken my heart. Why do we concentrate resources in so few areas? Ugh.

Scott Walters said...

Leigh -- I disagree. A pattern of funding over many years has the effect of diminishing the number of applications from those areas typically not funded. The data is clear: 5 states garner more than 50% of the grant money. There is no way to argue that -- it is a fact. Also, the average and median grant amounts are substantially higher in those areas -- to the tune of 25% higher. We can try to explain why this is, but the fact is that a NATIONAL Endowment for the Arts should be NATIONAL.

Scott Walters said...

We can't be outraged at the unequal distribution of wealth in our country overall, but then defend a similarly unequal distribution in our arts funding.