February 16, 2009

Saving The Arts

As a follow up to my previous post, Art Isn't Easy, I am pleased to say that the final stimulus bill that passed in the Senate and the House did include the $ 50 million funding for the National Endowment of the Arts. The hero of the hour, Robert Redford and the Senators and representatives who pushed for it.

Notable qoute from Mr. Redford: “Ticket takers or electricians or actors — all the people connected with the arts are at risk just like everybody else is,” he said in an interview. He said he also reminded Ms. Pelosi that his Sundance Film Festival brings more than $60 million to Park City, Utah, each year.

In support, Representative David R. Obey stated "Arts workers, have 12.5 percent unemployment. Are you suggesting that somehow if you work in that field, it isn’t real when you lose your job, your mortgage or your health insurance? We’re trying to treat people who work in the arts the same way as anybody else.”

Read about it in the latest article by Robin Pogrebin from the NY Times.

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