Back in November, I posted here about how a desperate minority party -one that loves framing cultural issues - and a tightening economy would create the perfect setting for another major attack on arts funding.
In talking to people, and commenting on other blogs, I got the feeling people thought I was waaaay overreacting.
Today, Isaac Butler sees the handwriting on the wall:
I will also say this, and it's something worth keeping in mind. We are at the very beginning of the post-NEA 4 comeback for arts advocacy in this country. We're in maybe like chapter two, with chapter one being Dana Gioia's rather clever tactical conservatism vis-a-vis new programming. I don't know that anyone who lived through the NEA-4 case would've thought that a decade after that case was resolved and the NEA's funding was shredded a guy would be elected President with a coherent and relatively ambitious arts policy. And now we've learned. It's gonna be harder than we thought. Time to get our heads on straight and fight the good fight. :
And Leonard Jacobs at the Clyde Fitch Report has this to say:
This should strike fear into the hearts of anyone who cares about the arts, because it reveals a truth that our arts advocates are too timid to state out loud and which the rest of us seem to have forgotten: when Republicans get cornered, they lash out at artists. And as for the reference to Roosevelt, read my Fox Forum essay -- I said this first. Bob Lynch, are you listening?
So, while the NEA may get its funding boost, all it'll do is stir the pot of anti-arts sentiment. (I mean, for heaven's sake, read some of the 100-plus comments my essay received on the Fox Forum. It's as if most of those people didn't actually read what I wrote.
Please read both the above posts for some relevant links and, even more important, action steps to help get the arts community mobilized on this.