Saturday, February 7, 2009

Arts Stimulus Needs Your Help NOW!

The arts community is disappointed that the $50 million (with an "m" remember!) for urgent distribution by the National Endowment for the Arts to sustain arts jobs was jettisoned from the Senate version of the economic stimulus package.

I cannot believe that our own Senator Feinstein voted to delete it--or New York's Senator Schumer. Both California and New York are states that benefit greatly from the role of the arts in stimulating innovation and a creative economy.

Americans for the Arts recommends that you write to your Senators.

I remain hopeful that the House/Senate conference to resolve differences in the bills will restore arts funding. At this same Americans for the Arts website, you can follow instructions to advise your members of the House about supporting the arts as part of the stimulus, too.

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