Once again, it seems the rest of the country is backing up to Indianapolis. The word coming out of Washington regarding the proposed $50 million addition to the economic recovery package is that it's about to be cut -- because art isn't real work.
Bear in mind: We're talking about $50 million out of total package that, at last report was over $900 billion.
But that $50 million -- because it is aimed at propping up underfunded arts nonprofits -- has become a lightning rod. Even Democrats are now saying that it was "stupid" of them to have included a provision for the arts in the package. Why? Because it would get the Republicans up in arms.
And so it has. "We have real people out of work right now and putting $50 million in the NEA and pretending that's going to save jobs as opposed to putting $50 million in a road project is disingenuous." -- Rep. Jack Kingston, Republican from Georgia.
Americans For the Arts has created links that enable you to contact your elected representatives and local media to express your support for building the arts into the economic recovery package. Go to their website and send a message. Tell whoever will listen that your work matters. Tell them you are a real person, too.