Not usually a hot-button topic in American presidential politics, Barack Obama has issued a comprehensive statement in support of arts and arts education in the United States.
His campaign position focuses on nine points: Reinvesting in arts education, expanding public grants for arts education, publicly championing arts education, creating an artist corps, increasing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, promoting cultural diplomacy, providing health care for artists and ensuring tax fairness for artists.
Sure, its only words and promises at this stage. And, a quick check of Obama’s website reveals that arts and culture do not appear in his master list of campaign issues, a drop-down list from the website’s navigation bar. Still, it’s good to see that the arts and cultural policy are at least on the agenda, and also to see a front-running candidate campaigning for increased funding and support for arts education and artists. This should definitely be part of the national debate.
Tell your friends. Demand answers from the candidates and their campaign offices about arts funding. Put support for the arts, artists and arts education an the political agenda. Tell Obama to add Arts & Culture to his drop-down list of issues on his website.
Te read Obama’s statement on arts policy go to the Community Arts Network.