WHERE THE ELITE MEET TO BE AESTHETES

THE ARTS ARE CHARGED WITH BEING OUT OF TOUCH--THIS TIME BY THE NEA...DUH!

Sitcom writers know it as the oh-no-here-we-go-again ending. It is a tired device, but it appears to be the one with which Jane Alexander has chosen to finish her tenure as chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Three weeks ago, with the agency's budgetary survival ensured for another year, and with the dust from the culture wars thus temporarily settled, Alexander announced her pending retirement from the endowment. This was quickly followed by the release of a new study that accuses the nonprofit arts world, and by implication the NEA, of elitism and a disregard for key American values....

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