Toward a Coherent National Arts Policy

Publication Date: December 2008


Author(s): Lesley Friedman Rosenthal

Research Area: Culture and religion

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.