NEA Statement regarding Arts and Economic Stimulus02.03.2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. — There has been much public conversation recently regarding the role of the arts and culture industry in economic stimulus. Following is information that seeks to clarify this issue through two key points:
? that the arts and culture industry is a sector of the economy just like any other with workers who pay taxes, mortgages, rent and contribute in other ways to the economy;
? and that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is uniquely positioned to assist in job stimulation for that industry.
A statement on Jan. 22, 2009, from then-NEA Chairman Dana Gioia noted, "Arts organizations have been hit enormously hard by the current recession. They've seen their support drop from corporations, foundations, and municipalities. This infusion of funds will help sustain them, their staffs, and the artists they employ. We are hopeful that Congress and the new administration will support this important investment."
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