Another Controversial stance.

The following is a request made by David Whol, AAWV President to other Arts Advocacy West Virginia Board members (David is also the Dean of College of Arts and Humanities West Virginia State University).  This request was made as a response to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) Amendment to the proposed economic recovery package and BANNING the proposed amount going to a variety of art related causes which are mixed into a number of other groups and causes that definately do not compare to the arts and do not deserve bailout money.  My response however is that there is no real hard money to allocate and therefore the arts should take a stand against taking funding that just puts more stress on a fragile economy/system.   You can make your own decision but I would encourage you to read my last Controversial blog entry regarding the 1% to the Arts petition.

TO AAWV BOARD:

Americans for the Arts has just learned that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has offered an amendment to ban any spending in the economic recovery package on “casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, arts center, highway beautification project, including renovation, remodeling, construction, salaries, furniture, zero-gravity chairs, big-screen televisions, beautification, rotating pastel-lights, and dry-heat saunas.”

Senator Rockefeller will vote against this amendment (in all likelihood), but Senator Byrd may vote in favor of it.  Please contact the Arts Staffer in Byrd’s office (David McMaster – to voice support for the $50 million for the NEA (in the House bill) and to let Senator Byrd know that he should OPPOSE this Coburn Amendment.  The Senate may be voting on this amendment as early as today, as they intend to complete action on the economic recovery bill by Friday.david_mcmaster@byrd.senate.gov

The letter that I sent is below.

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To senator Byrds office: 

As President of Arts Advocacy West Virginia, I’d like to encourage Senator Byrd to vote against Senator Tom Coburn’s amendment to the economic recovery package that bans spending on museums, theaters, and arts centers, along with other items.  Funds that are directed to the National Endowment for the Arts can play a significant role in helping support both large and small arts organizations in West Virginia.  Most of the funds earmarked towards the NEA in the bill will go directly to the states and our artists and craftspeople will directly benefit.  As you know, the arts, along with cultural tourism, will continue to make a significant impact on the economy of West Virginia in the years to come.   Please let Senator Byrd know that the arts are not a “frill” and that they do not belong on a banned list that includes “dry heat saunas”!

Thank you for all the work you do-

Regards,

David Wohl, President

MY RESPONSE:

Hello David and all:

 

I just finished writing what will most likely be considered a controversial stance on the 1% for the Arts petition that was presented to Obama and Congress when I received this request from David Wohl.  Unfortunately my same response is nearly the same.   You can read in more in depth at http://www.davidheatwoleart.com.  To sumerize my thoughts though is that there is no real hard money to allocate and therefore the arts should take a stand against taking funding that just puts more stress on a fragile economy/system.  While I believe that Government should support our institutions of learning in regards to the arts as well as for Museums and Art Centers I still feel very strongly that we cannot add to this charade which is nothing more than the Emperiors New Stimulus Package.  There is no money to play with it is all still part of the same failed system that needs an overhaul.  The arts can provide this overhaul in my opinion but not by robbing from Peter any more.  The Government has shown their successes and failures.  Pure honest creativity is not their fortee so they are only going to manipulate what is still a failed system.  We need major reform and again I state that the arts should be and can be at the front of the battle lines instead of where we usually are in the rear watching observing, commenting on, documenting, poking fun at . . . you know, what art is historically good at.  So I guess I have to stand up and be the one voice that says “NO!”  I don’t agree with your stance David.  BUT I AM NOT GOING TO FIGHT for or against because it is just playing into a failed system.  The “U.S. Government” does not earn my respect at this time and I will not contribute to their miss management any longer.

 

You can make your own decision but I would encourage you to read my last Controversial blog entry regarding the 1% to the Arts petition.

 

Sincerely submitted.

 Artfully Yours,

David

 

 

 

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~ by David Heatwole on February 4, 2009.

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