In his first interview on Meet the Press since winning the election, President-elect Obama discussed his plans to make an impact through arts and culture at the White House, saying that they are “thinking about the diversity of our culture and inviting jazz musicians and classical musicians and poetry readings in the White House so that, once again, we appreciate this incredible tapestry that’s America.”
This level of support from the President is unprecedented, and is due in part because you and thousands of other arts advocates helped set the stage for the future of the arts in America by taking action.
This is all such wonderful news. The new administration needs to continue hearing from you about the importance of the arts, especially in a time of budget constraints. At the risk of sounding preachy: Make some noise, send a letter, each voice counts. The arts are important (and so are many, many other things!). That’s why we need to remind them that we’re out here and we’re paying attention.