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Arts Funding Petition to Congress

Interesting and commendable funding initiative for the neglected arts arena in the States.

I am working with the Institute of Policy Studies and Split This Rock Poetry Festival, who have created a petition and position paper requesting an Arts Stimulus Plan.

Our petition is over 4,000 signatures and we are joining forces with another petition campaign to gain more signatures. The Obama transition team has shown interest in our declaration and petition, but we need more support from individual artists!

I hope you will be interested in this petition and share it with your readers to sign.

If you have any questions about the petition or paper, please, do not hesitate to contact me.

Susan Brennan
Acts of Art

The petition

One Percent for the Arts Campaign

Congress will soon pass a stimulus package aimed at creating jobs and stimulating the economy. We ask that 1% of the stimulus support the arts. In the 1930s the Work Progress Administration created by Roosevelt created 3 million jobs. They built roads, streets, highways, bridges, parks, and public buildings. They also worked in the arts.

Our generation deserves no less.

The WPA employed 40,000 artists, writers, musicians, theater workers, and performers. Public support made it possible for people of modest means to dedicate themselves to their work. The WPA supported Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Saul Bellow, Zora Neal Hurston, John Steinbeck, Sterling Brown, Orson Welles, John Houseman, Burt Lancaster, and many other great talents, known and unknown. The WPA arts projects reached wide audiences and made the theater, music, and the arts accessible to low-income people.

An arts stimulus package could increase fellowship and scholarship money, create workplace arts and reading programs, foster cultural exchange programs, support artist-in-residency programs in schools and libraries, and more.

We are also calling for a cabinet level position for a Secretary of the Arts.

Please help us get the word out by forwarding this petition to friends and networks.

Susan Brennan
Sarah Browning
John Cavanagh
James Early
Sam Hamill
Barbara Ehrenreich
Daniel Heyman
Jaime L. Jarvis
Micheline Klagsbrun
E. Ethelbert Miller
Marcus Raskin
Andy Shallal
Melissa Tuckey


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