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
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 www.artsvote.org, or call 202-371-2830