Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.

~Jay Leno

George Hunka rattles the sabres . He says it is time for the artist to start paying attention to the attitude of the electorate toward the arts.

A Poor Player in Buffalo follows up as well.

I have heard many people from Ben Cameron to Robert Brustein talk about how the artistic community blew it with the NEA fight. Brustein claims that we lost sight of the mission of the NEA: to make art accessible. Cameron has said that during the NEA fights, instead of trying to explain the value of the arts to the community, we chose to focus on explaining the quality of the art.

We have many different opinions about how the arts should survive: These run the spectrum from the "Artist Must Starve" to "Re-Centering Civic Arts Projects". (My take on these two different types is here.)

Many artists I speak with experience an inner conflict with regards to these poles of influence.

I will recommend the Americans for the Arts Website. And here is their page with the voting records of legislators.

Also check out the American Arts Alliance who are advocates more specifically for the performing arts.

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