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You explained your concept to the NEA, but not to the people who actually
funded your work - namely the taxpayer. Also, you took public money to
pursue a private interest. I strenuously object to that. Understand that
this has nothing to do with the quality of your art or whether you are a
nice person. I simply feel you don't have the right to take my money for
your art without my permission.
And, yes, we do disagree. Profoundly.
>I give alot to the art community I live and work within, and feel
>honored that they awarded me a grant that is allowing me to produce a
>piece I would have little opportunity to create without this support.
Your generosity to the art community is laudable, and perhaps that
community will reward you by funding your projects, but not with money
raided from public coffers. If you can't raise the necessary funds
privately then your creation should not see the light of day. I'm sorry - a
lot of people would like to do things but can't because of a lack of funds.
Artists deserve no special dispensation.
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-- Mike Reed