Recommendations Sent to Obama Transition Team
The Arts as a Solution for Challenges the New Administration Will Face
January 18, 2009In December 2008, Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, discussed the current state of the economy and its impact on the arts. His message included information on the Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit which is useful in working on funding issues with local and state governments.
Now Lynch is talking about the arts and the economy. According to his current message, Americans for the Arts has officially submitted its policy recommendations on the arts and economic recovery to the Obama Transition Team, and Lynch met with them to discuss these ideas.
The nine recommendations detail how existing federal programs, as well as new proposals, can provide critical support to the country's arts, as well as economic infrastructure.
Lynch says, "This marks an unprecedented opportunity for our nation's arts community to play a role in revitalizing America's economy. As you know, it is critical that the needs of the arts and culture sector are supported by the economic recovery plan, so that they can remain a healthy and vital part of the fabric of our nation."
An economic recovery page has been created on the Americans for the Arts website that includes the nine recommendations, the press release, and a number of other important documents that support these recommendations.
Lynch adds, "After reading these recommendations I hope that you will take action by either writing to your elected representatives in Congress or by writing a letter to the editor of one of your local publications to gain support for these recommendations so that the arts are included in a national economic recovery package."
He concludes, "While these are trying times, it is also a time of great hope and renewal for the more than 100,000 arts organizations in our country and the millions of Americans who value the arts in their day-to-day lives."
Listen to Bob Lynch's Artcast Episode 15: The Arts as a Solution for the Challenges the Obama Administration will Face. CLICK HERE