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Arts, Culture, and Economic Stimulus

Even while facing the challenges of a difficult economy, the arts community is hopeful that Obama and Biden will bring new energy to government support and encouragement of cultural activity. Barack Obama’s platform on the arts includes increased support for the NEA, the establishment of an Artist Corps of artists working in communities, reinvestment in arts education, and promotion of cultural diplomacy. Americans for the Arts is urging the new administration to make cultural support as integral to economic recovery, with recommendations such as boosting arts projects as part of community development block grants, providing support to the NEA and NEH focused particularly on economic recovery emergency grants, using the Economic Development Administration to support cultural planning, and increasing cultural facilities support in the Rural Development Program. I recommend you review the full list of Americans for the Arts recommendations.

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