National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Grant Program Receives 358.3% Increase in Earmarks

By Emilie Cochran | July 26, 2018 | 3:20 PM EDT


( - The National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs (NCACA) grant program had $2,750,000 earmarked for fiscal year 2018, a 358.3 percent increase from the $600,000 in fiscal year 2017, according to the 2018 Congressional Pig Book Summary from Citizens Against Government Waste.

Among the recipients in fiscal year 2018 were the Kennedy Center for the performing Arts, Ford’s Theatre and The Phillips Collection.

The Kennedy Center received $415,365.36 for FY 2018. According to its website, the center sold 1,413,432 tickets in the 2016-2017 season, “meaning it could have charged an extra $0.30 per ticket and eliminated the need for NCACA funds,” the Pig Book said.

Ford’s Theatre was granted $122,532 for FY 2018, but according to its website they host more than 650,000 visitors each year. This means they could charge $0.19 more per ticket to avoid the grant.

The Phillips Collection received $120,167.76. The collection’s annual report said it hosted 159,529 visitors in FY 2017. To make up for the grant it received, they could have charged $0.76 more per person.

According to the Pig Book, “Since FY 2005, members of Congress have added three earmarks for the NCACA, costing taxpayers $5.4 million.”


Emilie Cochran
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