As the Inauguration Nears, Arts Advocacy Lives .: Americans for the Arts :.
The Arts and Economic Recovery Policy Recommendations Announced January 13, 2009—Americans for the Arts today released its policy recommendations to President-elect Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, as they begin consideration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. The nine recommendations detail how existing federal programs, as well as new proposals, can provide critical support to the country’s arts, as well as economic infrastructure. The policy recommendations are available here.
From Karen Michel at Altered Imagery; Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues. Secretary of the Arts Petition http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html
With the warmer temps, I was working on some new leaf sculptures. Here are a couple of images, I've been thinking of using spring green colors for the finish.
Oh, BTW the offerings for Artfest 2009 are posted, to be held April 1-5, 2009 in Port Townsend, WA. A note from Teesha says "Taking time out for yourself is one of the best things you can do in this busy, crazy world. Everyone needs time to just be in nature, play, be silent, gather ideas, commune with other artists, and get away from your everyday lives for a few days. It allows you to refresh and pinpoint directions you want to go in your life. The whole experience of Artfest from the drive up, the beautiful fort on the beach, the inspiring workshops, the caring teachers, the groups that form, and your fellow attendees makes it the perfect place for this to happen. Feel free to email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org."