A new year has ushered in a new national leadership and vision. The arts are once again a target facing elimination. To all creative foes and naysayers, the arts will never be silenced. Free speech and expression will eventually seep through any barrier. Just wait and see.
According to TIME: “Some of President Donald Trump’s planned budget cuts appear to be targeted more at undercutting Democratic priorities than at shrinking the national debt.” Cuts include eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting at a cost to each American of $1.37. It must be a top priority to cut the National Endowment for the Humanities because its price tag is $.46 per American. In addition, saying goodbye to the National Endowments for the Arts saves each citizen $.46.
This is an attack on freedom of speech, expression, education, and critical thinking.
Perhaps The Washington Post’s article Trump reportedly wants to cut cultural programs that make up 0.02 percent of federal spending says it all?:
Meanwhile, other countries around the world are investing in the arts and seeing results. Jodie Gummow from AlterNet: “Germany’s cultural budget was approximately $1.63 billion USD in 2013. According to Ian Moss, research director of Fractured Atlas, Germany’s art funding in 2007 equated to roughly $20 per German citizen…” After five trips to China in the last sixteen months, public art, galleries, and support for the arts is astonishing. Back in America, national support stalls in political failure and perspective.
This is nothing new to the arts. We are ready and organizing. Waiting for innovation understanding and governmental arts contribution is no longer an option. The citizens will move forward when leadership fails.
As a toxic federal vision will soon be implemented failing to support the best of humanity, I say let it happen. Artists and innovators will continue to lead. In fact, they will invent without institutional constraints. Creators will take credit for positive contributions to society and the economy.
The arts don’t fail they will continue to inspire.