American arts lovers, and arts institutions, are beginning to see the direct impact of European countries' deep cuts in culture support, says The New York Times.
Austerity budgets in many countries have slashed the state spending that traditionally provided the financial bulwark for European arts institutions. That has meant fewer foreign theater, dance, and other groups crossing the Atlantic to perform.
The cuts are also pushing European groups closer to embracing the more philanthropy-based American model for the arts. Many are seeking advice from U.S. arts institutions and cultivating support from American philanthropists with ties to ancestral homelands, increasing the competition for scarce domestic arts dollars.