Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Andre Bouchard1
What the upcoming election mean for the arts
What will happen to arts, arts education, and arts agencies after the coming election? If you are registered to vote then you hold part of the answer in how you decide to cast your ballot. The coming election could very well decide whether or not there are numerous municipal, statewide, and national agencies that help support arts infrastructure and education.
Americans for the Arts collects information on elected candidates based on their voting record and stated policies. At the top of the ticket President Barrack Obama has gotten good marks from Americans for the Arts. He has proposed and supported increasing funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has come out against cuts to arts education funding and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Mitt Romney on the other hand has pledged to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Support for the arts, arts funding, and arts education doesn’t split strictly on party lines though and it is incumbent upon us as voters to understand where our national, statewide, municiple and local elected officials stand on support the arts, education, and the creative economy. Americans for the Arts has a handy tool that you can use to look up the positions of elected officials at all levels.