With this latter point, Gerry Givnish
took issue aloud.Givnish is artistic director of the Painted Bride Art Center, an organization he co-founded in 1969 to "create and present work that affirms the intrinsic value of all cultures, the healing power of the arts and their ability to effect social change."Givnish
was respected by Godfrey and Bauer as one of the few people who might stand in a meeting in the offices of a longtime major funder of his organization and question that funder's intentions.
Though thinking PCLP a good idea that day, Givnish
says now, "problems with some of their criteria".At that time, the future of the National Endowment for the Arts
was in doubt.Givnish
admired the NEA's emphasis on the accessibility of the arts, the diversity and match of audience and program.
Believing this himself, Givnish
answer a good one.