The National Endowment for the Arts has been funded at the same rate for the past four years at $146 million. This may seem like quite a large sum, until you realize that the agency took a 40 percent cut from $176 million in 1992. It has never fully recovered. Melia Tourangeau, the president and CEO of the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, was selected to offer testimony to the House Interior Appropriations Committee to stress the importance of increased federal funding. “We asked for an additional allocation of about $9 million from where the funding is currently, knowing that you have to reach for the stars in order to try and maintain where we are right now,” Tourangeau said.