PORK, in American political slang, is politics dealing with funding at the Federal level of local projects with little or no national significance ("pork"). In the current stimulus bill that was passed in the senate, The Arts have been labeled as pork.
I would like to draw our readers to this article by Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. In particular this line:
"In the Senate, an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) lumped museums, theaters and arts centers (a terrifyingly vague term) with such frippery as casinos, golf courses and swimming pools as recipients who must be stopped from getting any of this funding."
Thus the 50 million funding for the arts was eliminated. The article explains the importance of the arts in job creation, in the building of cities and neighborhoods and as a legacy to the American culture.