Good thing the government gave up on funding the arts long ago, or we’d be really feeling this.
— Nayland Blake (@naylandblake) October 1, 2013
Is the government shut down? Yes.The dispute over whether Obamacare should be defunded has finally culminated. While the house will continue to pick up their checks, the national parks, federal historic sites (like fountains), and museums reliant on federal funding (like the Smithsonian) will close indefinitely. The NEA’s staff is furloughed and its website will not be updated until further notice. The Obamacare signup site is also currently down (at least for New York), but that’s due to the overwhelming number of visitors to the site. That should be up and running soon. Here are the tweets.
The National Zoo’s baby panda cam has gone dark.
The gov’t shutdown will close the Ford Museum Exhibition Center. We are working with their staff to keep the 4 Top Ten pieces fully viewable — ArtPrize (@ArtPrize) October 1, 2013
The shutdown happens to be right in the middle of ArtPrize, meaning that the Gerald Ford Museum has to close during their busiest week of the year. They’re leaving doors open for the public to see the top ten finalists.
Because of the federal gov’t shutdown this National Park Service Twitter feed is inactive. We’ll start tweeting again when we get back. — Statue of Liberty (@StatueLibrtyNPS) October 1, 2013
Our off-site programs will continue as scheduled, even if the govt shuts down Oct. 1. Join us for the Morse lecture http://t.co/SXAKx8gjxb
— Cooper-Hewitt (@cooperhewitt) September 30, 2013
New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum was already close for renovations, but off-site programs will continue.
Please note that the Met is not affected by the federal government shutdown and will remain open as scheduled. #govtshutdown
— metmuseum (@metmuseum) October 1, 2013
The Met will not shut down.
The San Diego Zoo panda cam is still live.