The D.C. City Council last week cut the mayor's 1984 request for the Commission on the Arts and Humanities to $916,400, axing $470,000 proposed for "major institutions" like the Washington Opera, and for new community arts and youth programs. "The critical state of the city's finances and the fact that so many services are being reduced or held at current levels makes it difficult to support the development of new programs," said a council committee report.

On the Hill, subcommittees are gearing up for hearings on the administration's 1984 arts-related budget requests: National Endowment for the Arts, $125 million (a 13 percent decrease from this year's appropriation); National Endowment for the Humanities, $112.2 million (down 14 percent); Institute of Museum Services, $11.5 million (same); National Gallery of Art, $34.9 million (up 6 percent); Smithsonian, $175.9 million (down 9 percent, although last year's appropriation included $36.5 million for construction of a new Center for African, Near Eastern and Asian Cultures); Kennedy Center, $4.3 million (up 2 percent); Commission of Fine Arts, $365,000 (up 14 percent); National Capital Planning Commission, $2.6 million (up 14 percent); Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, $2.6 million (up 11 percent); Pennsylvania Avenue Development Commission, $16.3 million (up 47 percent); and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, $2 million (up 138 percent).