Monday, February 11, 2008

Stir the Artconomy

Burt is off to Asia
Karen is off to Amarillo
Jim is still in Missouri
and I am still in Houston

Even though we are in all these different places, doing different things, the internet allows us to stay in touch with each other.

I heard today that the government is giving everyone $600 to stir the ecomony... So if you want to do something positive spend your $600 on art. I know a few artists in case you may be trying to find the piece that stirs you.

I also heard that our President recently proposed cuts in the budget for programs of the arts...

On Monday, February 4, 2008 President Bush sent his FY 2009 budget request to Congress, beginning the yearly appropriations process for the nation’s cultural agencies and programs. Below you can write your Members of Congress and tell them to support increased funding for the nation’s arts programs.

On the heels of signing the largest Congressionally-initiated funding increase for the arts in 28 years, President Bush has proposed a senseless $16.3 million cut for FY 2009 for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—from $144.7 million to $128.4 million. After three years of minimal, but incremental, funding growth, we are surprised to see an attempt to erase this progress.

For the eighth consecutive year, the President’s budget has eliminated funding for the Department of Education’s Arts in Education programs, which includes funding for model arts programs and collaborations with schools, teacher professional development, and arts programs for at-risk youth.

Also, the FY 2009 budget request calls for a rescission of $200 million in already-approved funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). As a trusted community resource, CPB uses the power of noncommercial television and radio to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services.

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