Hey, I am ecstatic about the election.
I didn't think I could look at McCain's painful arm gestures for 4 years, not to mention Sarah Palin. I would be terrified that something would happen to McCain and we would be stuck with a president who is clearly so inexperienced.
So we dodged that bullet.
I have been wondering about other things...
What can artists expect from the 44th President?
I personally know that most of us are worried about making a living from our art. When spending is curtailed wouldn't it follow that art sales may diminish on the local level? If so, then what? Will the next president's education package include bringing the arts back into every classroom, meaning more steady jobs for artists in teaching?
Or will he replicate the programs similar to the Works Progress Administration providing work for artists doing what we have trained for, painting, sculpting, producing plays, making films, shooting photos, etc. ?
Will his economic stimulus plan include stimulating programs that promote living fine artists, such as additional funding for the NEA?
I maintain that it is an essential component of the education process that starting when every child is young she or he needs significant exposure to, and participation in, all the arts. Public school is the perfect place for this exposure to take place.
Artists, we have to decide what our community's needs are, as well as identify our individual needs, and let them be known. What do you want???? Find your congressperson and contact them with your ideas here.
The sculpture shown above is by Joy Kessler and is called " Inspected, Dissected, Suspected".