$35,000 for “exhibits” on the Pulse nightclub and Seattle shootings. But no mention of “terrorism.” They can all hold hands, sing Kumbaya, and rip off the government.
The entire list of absurdities, er, projects, is listed in the Free Beacon, including:
….Numerous grants are dedicated to the issue of climate change. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts received $60,000 for performances and workshops on climate change and a curriculum for public schools on “food justice.”….
A dance performance by custodial workers is costing taxpayers $20,000.
“Featuring the skilled movement of a group of campus employees, such as dishwashers, cooks, custodial staff, physical plant employees, or grounds and maintenance crews, this multidisciplinary performance will highlight the work life of campus staff as performed by the employees themselves,” according to the grant….
Collide, an “eatery, drinking den, [and] creative arts space” in Austin, Texas, received $20,000 to choreograph a traffic jam.
“Artists working with local youth will choreograph automobiles, bicycles, golf carts, and pedicabs to perform skilled movements in a parking lot, making art inspired by Austin’s traffic congestion,” according to the grant.
A small town in Minnesota received $75,000 to put on dance parties and walking events.
Other projects include $90,000 for a three-week songwriting class for elderly people who live in federal public housing, and $10,000 for a class taught by master clowns in San Francisco.
National Public Radio received $130,000 to create a book concierge app and funding for music programming.
Several arts grants are going toward police and community training. A $50,000 grant is going towards training “local artists, community members, and police officers in crime prevention” in Indianapolis.
James Madison University received $20,000 to study using songwriting to “explore issues of incarceration, equity, justice, and community.”
Two projects totaling $35,000 received funding to do exhibits on the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. One will focus on “themes of understanding and unity,” while another will be a dance in Seattle about the “mass shooting.” Neither project mentions terrorism….