How Do the Candidates Feel About the Arts?


What can you do about support for the Arts in this election year? Please read the letter below I received from the bi-partisan Americans for the Arts.

October 3, 2008

Dear Constance:

Americans for the Arts Action Fund is pleased to present you with its just released summary of the Arts Positions of the 2008 Presidential Candidates. (Also see side-by-side comparison table below.) Sorry, it is not below because my tech skills are not up to reproducing it here…but you’ll find the info at the links.

As you may know, Americans for the Arts Action Fund launched its ArtsVote2008 initiative in May 2007 in order to educate presidential candidates on issues impacting the arts and arts education with the goal of securing—for the first time ever—formal position statements from the top candidates.

To date, we have shared with you Senator Barack Obama’s comprehensive arts policy proposal that he began issuing in February 2008. Unfortunately, the McCain campaign has not been as forthcoming, despite numerous formal requests from the Arts Action Fund and Senator McCain’s own supporters over the last year. However, we are pleased to report that Senator McCain has now issued a short statement that he released in an article for today’s Salt Lake City Tribune.

With this information in hand, we ask you—the arts advocate—to take action by doing the following things:

1. Share this side-by-side comparison of the presidential candidates with your friends, family, and colleagues.

2. Blog about this issue on any sites that you are affiliated with.

3. Post the comparison chart on your social network sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, and others.

4. Send a Letter to the Editor of your local newspapers and journals. We’ve made it easy for you by drafting a customizable letter at our E-Advocacy Center that you can personalize. You will then automatically be given the choice to e-mail your letter to all the key media outlets in your area based on your zip code.

5. Ask questions about policies on the arts and arts education to both your Congressional and presidential candidates in any kind of town hall forums, online chats, or any other public forums.

6. Vote for the candidates that you feel will best advance the arts and arts education in America.

With only 32 days left to Election Day, now is the time to act and show your support for the arts!

Visit this link to view the Arts Positions of the 2008 Presidential Candidates

ArtsVote2008, a program of the Arts Action Fund, was created to secure bold, new policy proposals in support of the arts and arts education in America from candidates in the 2008 presidential campaign.

For more info visit, or call 202-371-2830


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One Response to “How Do the Candidates Feel About the Arts?”

  1. Artist against Obama Says:

    Obama is not the champion of art and culture as he would like you to think. You forget to mention that Obama hand selected Shepard Fairey, a known copyright violator and criminal, as his campaign artist. Actions speak louder than words. It is obvious to me that Obama does not care about the rights of artists based on his choice. A simple yahoo or google search would have revealed to Obama the history of Shepard Fairey’s disregard for fellow artists rights. Ignorance is not bliss in this election!

    Funding is a big issue in this election. The burden on tax payers is as well. Obama praised Shepard’s career in a letter to the artist telling him to continue working on the streets. Street art, as cool and trendy as it might be, costs tax payers over $10 billion per year. Billions that could be used to improve art education and art programs. So why does Obama support that activity? Actions speak louder than words!

    Art is very important to our society. But the rights of artists must not be forgotten. Obama has chosen to walk hand in hand with a copyright violator. His actions speak louder than any promise he has made about the arts in the US. He supports art but he does not support the rights of artists! Obama has been vocal about art but he has yet to answer artists who have demanded his view of the orphan works bill. I think his choice of Shepard Fairey holds the answer. I think artists need to be very careful about that.

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