February 2, 2021
A diverse range of national, regional, and state level organizations, including the Guild, signed on to a statement of arts federal policy recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration titled “The Arts and Cultural Sector: Federal Policy Actions”. The purpose of the statement is to demonstrate to the new Biden-Harris Administration the important role of the arts within the broad context of economic recovery and how the arts can be of service in addressing federal priorities. The statement lays the framework for more robust and detailed policy recommendations on engaging the arts at the federal level.
The statement includes recommendations for how the arts and culture sector should be leveraged to address racial equity, economic recovery, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the statement: "The arts are the nation’s most indelible instrument to 'forge a union with purpose; to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.' A vibrant arts community that is truly reflective of society is essential to the full belonging of people of all races, ethnicities, religions, social class, abilities, and orientation. Full, fair, and equitable funding for the arts and artists is likewise requisite for the economic health of our national community. The Biden-Harris Administration and Congress can accelerate the process of mending America’s social fabric, ending systemic racism, and creating equitable economic growth by promoting and investing in the arts and its intersecting public policies such as health, education, pay equity, parental leave, and gig worker protections."
Read the full statement here.
Published: February 02, 2021