Grants for more than $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts under the Trump administration are funding transgender plays, “social justice” theater, and other liberal projects.
The latest grants awarded in February by the NEA continue several projects funded during the Obama administration, including “Smart People,” a play set in the Harvard faculty lounge, and additional funding for cowboy poetry, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
- The play “Sensitive Guys” received two separate grants. The production features female and “gender non-conforming” actors who enjoy discussing “male privilege.” For its premiere in Philadelphia, the play received $10,000 and is also among the new “trans theater works” being produced by a $40,000 grant in Minneapolis.
- Monica Bill Barnes & Company received a $15,000 grant. Their most recent show is “Happy Hour,” a dance production starring two women playing businessmen in drag.
- A $10,000 grant was awarded for “Boy,” a play which follows a botched circumcision that leads to a male infant being raised as a girl.
- The Global Action Project received a $15,000 grant for “SupaFriends,” the group’s “social justice media-arts leadership program for TLGBQ (Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer) youth in New York City.”
- The Matrix Theatre Company in Detroit, another “social justice” theater group, received a $20,000 grant for its “Bridging Borders” initiative.
- A $40,000 grant was awarded for the play “An Ordinary Muslim,” which follows the conflict between a Muslim couple living in London, who are “pressurized by their daily encounters with Islamophobia.”
- Duke University received a $45,000 grant for its program “Southern Hospitality: Muslim Arts and Music as Cultural Bridge-Making in the American South.”
- A $25,000 grant was awarded to ceramics artist Roberto Lugo whose works include “F**k Trump.”
- Anti-Trump Rosie O’Donnell’s kid’s theater group, Rosie’s Theater Kids, received a $30,000 grant.
- A $15,000 grant was awarded to Electric Lit, an online feminist journal that decries white privilege and “heteronormativity.”
- The Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., received a $15,000 grant.
- A $15,000 grant was awarded to the international LGBTQ film festival in San Francisco.
- The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles received a grant of $10,000.
- Funding was also renewed for the play “Smart People,” which follows a “diverse group of Harvard intellectuals” confronting the “issues of racial bias and stereotyping” on the eve of Barack Obama’s election, and “firmly pushes back against the notion that we’re living in a ‘post-racial society.'” The NEA awarded a $20,000 grant for a premiere of the play in Chicago.
- Former senator Harry Reid’s beloved cowboy poetry received further funding in the form of a $35,000 grant to the Western Folklife Center for an “archiving of recordings of early Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and field research.”
- The Civilians, the Brooklyn theater group that offered a taxpayer-funded global-warming musical, received a $10,000 grant for a new play about charter schools. An early run depicted charter schools as “inexperienced and ineffectual.”
The above projects total $370,000 in taxpayer funding via the NEA.
“These NEA-supported projects are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA chairman Jane Chu when announcing the new grant recipients. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.”