Americans for the Arts Launches ArtsVote 2012

Nov 10, 2011

Americans for the Arts Action Fund has compiled a Post-Election Impact on the Arts Report of this week's state and local elections, and what impact they may have on the arts. Check out the report for some noteworthy election results, including Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, author of Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation, SB 1070, ousted via recall vote.

AFTA is also sounding the warning bell about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who wrote an op-ed for USA Today stating that he woul
d “enact deep reductions in the subsidies for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.” The Los Angeles Times blog CultureMonster reported on Romney's intentions around cutting NEA and NEH funds.

The Arts Action Fund has kicked off its ArtsVote2012 campaign, and will be on the ground in Iowa, where the presidential caucus takes place on January 3, 2012, with a goal to educate all presidential and congressional candidates that an investment in the arts is:

• an investment in the growth of our American economy
• an investment in jobs that cannot be outsourced abroad
• an investment in well-rounded education for our children, and
• an investment in our national culture and heritage

The ArtsVoteIowa campaign will be active in Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Coralville on November 15-17 with a Presidential Candidate Arts Forum and a series of advocacy training sessions to educate Iowa advocates on how to advance the arts agenda.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund is seeking contributions to the ArtsVote2012 campaign, stating “The Arts Action Fund is the only national voice for the arts that helps advance the arts in both the electoral and legislative landscapes. We can make a difference in 2012, but we can’t do it without your financial support.”

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