Arts Mobilization Center - Policy Statements
Americans for the Arts is committed to providing information on top issues affecting the arts today.
On December 21st, President Trump signed “Executive Order on Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture.” This executive order aims to update the 1962 “Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture,” and would place significant constraints on how most federal buildings constructed by the government’s General Service Administration (GSA) could be designed and built.
At the Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention this past June, quite a few members voiced concern about the upcoming U.S. Census. In many communities, there is worry that an inaccurate count could negatively impact towns, cities, regions, and even states, and disproportionately affect people who are already marginalized. This statement is meant to give information on the Census, its impact, and what arts and culture agencies across the United States are doing to ensure a comprehensive and equitable count.
Americans for the Arts released a statement reflecting the proposed FY 2018 funding of $150 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Americans for the Arts releases a statement calling on local, state, and federal decisionmakers and government agencies making decisions about disaster relief and recovery to recognize the crucial role of creative workers and organizations, and to ensure cultural and civic community assets are supported and included as recovery and healing begins.
Americans for the Arts releases a statement standing against racism, bigotry, and hatred and about the complex and important impact of public art, including monuments to the Confederacy, on the history and pride of diverse communities, and encourages ongoing civic dialogue around the removal and replacement of these monuments.
Americans for the Arts releases a statement about the importance of preserving tax deduction incentives for charitable giving to all nonprofit charities in the United States.
Americans for the Arts releases a statement about the importance of artists and creative workers being able to acquire and maintain affordable healthcare insurance at a time when Congress is working to “repeal and replace” portions of ACA.
While America is in a time of deep political division, there is little disagreement about the importance of supporting jobs and strengthening the economy. Americans for the Arts has a clear and welcome message for the President and Congress: because you care about jobs and the economy, you can feel confident about investing in the arts.
Americans for the Arts stands in steadfast support of public schools in America and federal, state, and local policies that enable the pursuit of equity in access to arts education for American's students.
Americans for the Arts stands in opposition to policies that limit the free exchange of art, artists, and ideas based on nationality, faith, race, age or ability—and deplores the discriminatory nature of this travel ban. We urge the President to reconsider and rescind this executive order.