Arts and culture industry, hoping for strong support for the arts in the Biden administration

Posted on: January 8, 2021

“Arts and culture make up a huge, $877 billion industry that generates more than five million jobs across the country,” reports Elizabeth Blair in Thursday’s (1/7) National Public Radio. “But the amount of federal funding for the arts is tiny when compared with smaller industries like agriculture—so what are arts organizations hoping for under the Biden administration? The National Endowment for the Arts gives grants to organizations across the country—from big ones like Lincoln Center and NPR to small ones like the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture.… The arts benefit education, innovation, mental and emotional health…. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts released a report that said the arts contributed 4.5 percent to the country’s GDP in 2017. That’s more than agriculture and transportation…. Actor Kal Penn … was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, an advisory group founded in 1982…. Penn says he wants to see the Biden administration give the Endowments an ‘astronomical increase’ … noting that the arts benefit education, innovation, mental and emotional health. Plus, he says, it’s a good investment.”