The presidential candidates’ positions on art

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Here is a tidy table (with invisible lines!) outlining how the presidential candidates feel about art, as evidenced by their words and actions…

Arts Positions of the 2008 Presidential Candidates

Sen. Barack Obama
Democratic Nominee

Sen. John McCain
Republican Nominee

Campaign has met with Americans for the Arts Action Fund to discuss policy issues.

Yes
Meeting held 4/1/08

Yes
Meeting held 4/1/08

Campaign has published policy proposals on the arts and/or arts education

Yes
Read policy proposal 2/28/08

No

Candidate has made statement on federal support of the arts.

Yes
View Pennsylvania speech on 4/2/08

No

Candidate has made statement on federal support of arts education.

Yes
View Texas speech on 2/28/08

Yes
Read Statement 10/03/08

National party platform includes statement on the arts and/or arts education.

Yes
Read platform statement on page 49

No

Candidate has pro-arts Congressional record.

Yes
Co-sponsored S. 548, Artist-Museum Partnership Act, 2/25/08

No
Voted to cut funding or terminate the National Endowment for the Arts (see listing of votes*)

4 Responses to “The presidential candidates’ positions on art”

  1. Wow! thanks Mo………. This is very informative.
    One more reason to vote for Obama.
    I hope to make it out to the paper studio events this Sat.
    Sounds like alot will be happening….looking forward to it.
    -A-

  2. angelica dewey Says:

    Mo — thank you for —

    A truth expo.

    Souls of art — behold this record.
    Sensate the neglect
    if the white man is let
    into the federal chest of funding.
    Art fund
    moribund.
    The seat of veto
    will be his position.

    See the spectrum of color in the black man
    to bring vision and revision.
    Palpate the body of art
    the fingers of paint, glass, clay
    the heart of pulsing sound, chant, symphony
    the legs, feet of dancing, turning, leaping
    burning
    up to the sky
    let the passion of art-makers fly
    lifted by
    the presence
    within the brow of the black man
    the spirit of belief
    creative solution
    alive in loving evolution.

    __________________

    Mo,
    with your far-seeing mind, you’ve given us essential information, artfully, as usual.
    Thank you again —
    much love —
    Angelica

  3. angelica dewey Says:

    Mo — thank you for —

    A truth expo.

    Souls of art — behold this record.
    Sensate the neglect
    if the white man is let
    into the federal chest of funding.
    Art fund
    moribund.
    The seat of veto
    will be his position.

    See the spectrum of color in the black man
    to bring vision and revision.
    Palpate the body of art
    the fingers of paint, glass, clay
    the heart of pulsing sound, chant, symphony
    the legs, feet of dancing, turning, leaping
    burning
    up to the sky
    let the passion of art-makers fly
    lifted by
    the presence
    within the brow of the black man
    the spirit of belief
    creative solution
    alive in loving evolution.

    angelica dewey
    4 november 2008

    __________________

    Mo,
    with your far-seeing mind, you’ve given us essential information, artfully, as usual.
    Thank you again —
    much love —
    anni

  4. from a reader, anni, who could not log in yesterday and leave a comment due to a page error—
    a truth expo

    Souls of art — behold this record.
    Sensate the neglect
    if the white man is let
    into the federal chests
    of resources.
    Art fund
    moribund.
    The seat of veto
    will be his position.

    See the spectrum of color
    of the black man
    that brings vision, revision.
    Palpate the body of art
    fingers of paint, clay, glass
    heart of pulsing sound, chant, symphony
    limbs, feet, of dancing, turning, leaping
    burning
    up to the sky
    let passionate art-makers fly
    lifted by
    the presence
    within the brow of the black man
    of the spirit of belief —
    creative solution
    alive in loving evolution.
    _________________________

    angelica dewey; election day, 4 november 2008.

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