B Women’s Cultural / NEA 1980’s by Ariel Dougherty page 1
1979-1986, served asDevelopment Director of Women’s StudioWorkshop. She built the annual budget from justunder $100K to almost $300K in addition to acapital campaign that facilitated the organization’smove from rented quarters into its own permanenthome. She curated
Women’s Work in Film &Video
and occasionally made her own art
In the autumn of 1980, at the height of Ronald Reagan’s bid for the presidency, The Heritage Foundation issued a scathing attack---out of the blue---againstboth the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The report condemned any form of culture that had a social context(forget the fact that it all does!). For Dougherty alarm bells went off. The NEA budget continued to rise in the early 1980s, but the numbers of women’s culturalorganizations supported by the federal agency began to decline. A chilling effect had begun.
Dougherty did five things. In TWO DOCS: A & B, three are chronicled.
Analyzed four years of NEA support for women’s cultural organizations
:that showed # of organizations received support; how much; & proportion of NEA budget...........................
pages 2 - 5
Surveyed the field of Women’s Cultural Organizations
A. Women’s Art & NEA
]3. Sought support from colleagues in artists’ space community.
“You all are next!”
Designed TARTS/ Teaching Artists To Reach Technological Savvy
, a networkamong four women’s arts organizations to encouraged alliances for a more sustainablecommon future; won an Apple Computer grant in their G Cycle.
(see photo to far right,
Submitted Testimony in 1985 for NEA & NEH’s reauthorization
.This lead to women’s inclusion as a “special constituency” for the first time ........
pages 6 & 7
Women’s Cultural Organizations & the
in the early 1980s