WASHINGTON, D.C. – Budget problems? What budget problems? While airline passengers prepare to stand in multi-hour security lines and Iowa 6th graders are blocked from touring the White House, arts groups are laughing all the way to the bank.

The National Endowment for the Arts has released its latest round of grants, this one totaling $26.3 million. They include:

  • A documentary on “the lives of various people living in Bolivia” – $75,000Obama trombone
  • International Trombone Festival – $10,000
  • “Public engagement workshops to showcase the script in-process exploring LGBTQ father-son relationships in communities of color” – $10,000
  • Chinese Cultural Productions – $10,000
  • “Commissioning of a site-specific fog sculpture at the Philip Johnson Glass House” – $25,000
  • “Support training for Navajo fiber artists” – $15,000
  • Chicago Flamenco Festival – $20,000
  • Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance – $30,000
  • Support “Preserving the Cambodian Ceramic Tradition through Student and Community Engagement” – $40,000
  • “Support a series of workshops, symposia, and concerts featuring bellows-blown bagpipes” and instruments including, “Northumbrian small pipes, Scottish small pipes, Irish (Uilleann) pipes, border pipes, flute, fiddle and tin whistle” – $10,000
  • “Project celebrating … the perseverance and change among marriage customs in several communities, including Bhutanese, Indian, Puerto Rican, and Ukrainian” – $20,000
  • Support Let’s Get Rhythm, “a film chronicling hand-clapping games” – $40,000
  • “Support the production of a documentary film series Muslim Voices of Philadelphia” – $32,000
  • “Support the production and exhibition of video games” by designers “who will be selected from a group of women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ community members” – $24,000
  • Documentary film on “the story of [a] Nigerian entrepreneur … and the dynamic African community in China’s southern commercial center” – $60,000

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The full list can be found on the NEA website.

So frequent fliers, next time you’re stuck in a three-hour security line, just remember, your sacrifice has enabled the International Trombone Festival to honk another day.

You should feel good about that.