What's Your Hope for the Arts in Your Community for 2009?

Posted by Elizabeth Sweeney, Jan 05, 2009 27 comments

Happy New Year from Americans for the Arts. As we look forward, we'd like to share some of our hopes with you and encourage you to share your hopes with us and others.

From Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts

My hope is that the private sector—businesses, foundations, and individuals—will understand that investing in the arts in troubled times stimulates the economy; creates jobs; benefits overall community development; and creates a better environment in which our communities, our youth, and our people can thrive.

My hope is that the new Obama administration will truly see the arts as part of the solution to America's problems and invest appropriately in the arts and arts jobs in any stimulus plans that are undertaken.

My hope is that our education leaders, our legislators, and all those decision-makers who determine the budgets of America's schools will finally understand that increasing investment in the arts increases the creativity of America's students and increases their future ability to advance as creative competative 21st century workers and citizens.

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