October 06, 2022
From: Pam Breaux, NASAA President and CEO
Last week the Biden-Harris administration released an Executive Order on Promoting the Arts, the Humanities, and Museum and Library Services. This executive order is notable in its unequivocal assertion that the arts are “essential to the well-being, health, vitality, and democracy of our nation” and that “equity, accessibility, and opportunities for all Americans, particularly in underserved communities” are key ingredients of cultural vitality. In addition to an elegant articulation of the value of the arts, culture and humanities, the order advances two federal policy actions:
NASAA joins the National Endowment for the Arts and other arts leaders in applauding these efforts to elevate and integrate the arts. As noted in NASAA’s federal policy plank (Strengthening America through Arts and Creativity: A Federal Policy Agenda), creative collaborations represent an especially powerful opportunity to strengthen policy formulation and program design across many domains, including economic development, community development, education, health/rehabilitation, rural development, infrastructure and diplomacy.
NASAA will keep members apprised of future developments.