Wednesday, November 5, 2008

BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN: CHAMPIONS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

For Immediate Release
11/05/2008

Contact:
Liz Bartolomeo, Americans for the Arts Action Fund
press@artsusa.org
202-371-2830

Americans for the Arts Action Fund Statement on the 2008 Election

WASHINGTON, DC — November 5, 2008 — 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, increased
funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, promoting cultural
diplomacy, and supporting artists rights.

Yesterday's election results also expanded the base of support for the
arts in Congress, which will help move arts and arts education
initiatives through the legislative process. Initiatives that will
fuel innovation and creativity are key to our economic recovery and
global competitiveness. A new report issued last month by The
Conference Board, 'Ready to Innovate,' touts the importance of arts
education in building the 21st century workforce. The arts are good
for business, good for the economy, and good for the spirit.

In this election, the Americans for the Arts Action Fund raised the
public dialogue about the arts and arts education throughout the
entire campaign cycle: from presidential primaries in New Hampshire to
Congressional races in all 50 states. Through our ArtsVote2008
initiative, we successfully advocated for presidential and
congressional candidates to make strong, public statements and
commitments in support of arts and arts education.

On the state- and local-front, our arts advocacy partners successfully
engaged candidates and voters throughout the country to provide more
support for the arts. Specifically in Minnesota, an historic statewide
ballot initiative—the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment—passed
amending the state constitution to dedicate a portion of sales tax to
support its natural and cultural resources. This initiative will
infuse $30 million alone to Minnesota cultural organizations, nearly
tripling the current budget of the State Arts Board. An additional $10
million to $20 million will fund arts education programs, the
Minnesota Historical Society, and other local historical societies.
This continues the longstanding trend demonstrating that voters are
willing to invest in public funding of the arts."

For an interactive timeline of ArtsVote2008's election activities
visit, www.ArtsVote.org.

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit
membership organization. Launched in 2004, the Arts Action Fund seeks
to mobilize citizen activists to help ensure that arts-friendly public
policies are adopted and candidates are elected at every level of
government. Additional information is available at www.ArtsActionFund.org

http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/additional/Obama_FactSheet_Arts.pdf

1 comment:

Doris said...

Cecil,
Thanks so much for the wealth of information already! I simply must rest my mind before delving any deeper, but I know where to return for the answers.
~Doris