Week Fifty Two

An update on the political post.

Posted in 2008 Archives, Art news by sarahbakerhansen on 6 November 2008

So now that President-Elect Obama is officially the new leader of the free world, let’s review.

The day after the election, I got an email from the Americans for the Arts Action Fund detailing some of the changes it hopes to see during the Obama administration. Americans for the Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch gave the following statement on the results of Election Day:

“The historic election of Sen. Barack Obama to be the 44th president of the United States will have tremendous impact on the nation’s arts community, public schools, and creative workforce. His commitment to arts and arts education on the campaign trail is just a preview of what his administration can accomplish.  President-Elect Obama demonstrates the leadership and vision to advance the arts in America through investing in more arts education in public schools, advocating for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, promoting cultural diplomacy, and supporting artists rights.”

On Nov. 20, Americans for the Arts will play host to a free online Webinar that analyzes the presidential, congressional, state and local elections and ballot initiatives in relation to the arts. National arts leaders and elected officials will join Americans for the Arts staff in presenting the information, including former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and newly appointed head of the Obama transition team for arts and culture, Bill Ivey. The organization will send out a link to the Webinar, and I’ll post it here as soon as I get it.

The group advises arts advocates of some “next steps” we can take to educate on the importance of the arts. With President-Elect Obama’s (and our country’s) renewed focus on volunteering, I plan to do all of the below. I hope you’ll consider taking on some responsbility, too.

* Send a letter of congratulations to the new Obama administration on their victory and appeal to them to begin working on their campaign pledges in support of the arts and arts education.

* Ask all freshmen members of Congress to join the Congressional Arts Caucus

* Request that new members become a co-sponsor of the important Artist-Museum Partnership Act, which President-Elect Obama has cited as a priority in his pro-arts platform

*Call on Congress to support increased funding for the nation’s cultural agencies in the new budget year.

For Lynch’s full statement, click here.

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