They want to mobilize the arts to push this adminsitration's agenda. This is what totalitarian societies do. To quote Roger Kimball, of pajamasmedia.com/rogerkimball,
“There is a German word for what we are witnessing at the NEA and elsewhere in the Obama administration’s effort to push its agenda. It is Gleichschaltung. It means two things: first, bringing all aspects of life into conformity with a given political line. And second, as a prerequisite for realizing that goal, the obliteration or at least marginalization of all opposition.”
Do we as a country want a department that produces propaganda at the behest of the ruling regime? Do we want a country that marches in lockstep just like the NAZI's and Soviet Union did? Is this the direction we want this country to go?