So anyway, now Fox wants to write an article about it - yes, the same Fox who has had the hatchet out for the NEA for at least the last six weeks. A quick look at the question I was sent tells you where they get all of their material. The NEA "purportedly" wanted to commission art "within major areas of President Obama’s administration"? It would be kind of hilarious if it weren't so disingenuous. As usual, Fox and facts don't mix. For one thing, as far as I can tell, the NEA as an agency has no official role in the initiative whatsoever. Their logo is not on the serve.artsusa.org website; it is mentioned nowhere on the NEA's website; and no one from the agency participated in the second conference call. Secondly, the push was not for artists to "create" work in line with Obama's political agenda--the real push was to highlight work that artists are already doing that fits in with the overall United We Serve initiative. Finally, the push didn't come from Obama--it came from artists: Sergant, and earlier, the group of 60 arts community activists who met with the administration in May and asked to get more involved.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The NEA Stuff Goes Where We Thought It Would
Fox News is on the case. David Ian Moss got an e-mail from Fox asking if he knew anything about, or participated in these calls: