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Toward a Coherent National Arts Policy

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Publication Date: December 2008

Author(s): Lesley Friedman Rosenthal

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Culture and religion (Arts and arts policy)

Keywords: Presidential transition; Tax policy; Culture; Nonprofit organization

Type: Brief


A greater degree of visibility for the arts in the White House would be most welcome, and so would a greater degree of coherence in arts policy. This paper outlines some low-cost, high-impact steps that arts and cultural leadership in the Obama White House might take towards a more coherent national arts policy: (1) lead through stimulus and diplomacy; (2) follow private, state and local programs that work; and (3) eliminate harmful regulations.