“The Arts Action Fund graded the members of the U.S. Senate on their support for the arts…we used criteria like voting in support of the arts, joining the Senate Arts Caucus, and more. Senators had 3 opportunities to vote on the arts during the past 2 years—from including the arts in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to supporting public art along our nation’s highways to ensuring museums received federal funds. Your senators had the chance to stand up for the arts and many of them rose to the occasion.
Whether they speak out in support of the arts, are aware of the economic role the arts play and the well-being they provide in their state, or simply quietly cast their vote, each of the 13 Senators we have featured received an A+ to B+ on their support for the arts. And they aren’t the only ones – in fact there are 37 who received a B+ or above on our Congressional Arts Report Card.”
NY and NJ made the honor roll!
Frank Lautenberg, NJ: A+
Robert Menendez, NJ: A+
Charles E. Schumer, NY: B+
Kristine Gillibrand, NY: A+ “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is aware of the great impact of the more than 335,600 jobs in the arts in New York but has also made sure the arts are accessible to those that aren’t intimately involved. New York Museums Salute Memorial Day was an effort conceived by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Alliance for the Arts and the Museums Association of New York to allow free admission to all active duty service members and veterans at more than 130 participating institutions. It’s creative thinking and support for local and national ideas like this that earns Gillibrand a spot on the Senate Arts Report Card Honor Roll.”
“Sadly, there are also many who failed in their support of the arts. You can learn more about what it means to fail the arts and who these Senators are in the Dirty Dozen feature of the Congressional Arts Report Card. Whether they blatantly speak out against the arts, say they support the arts and then vote another way, or simply don’t know the economic role the arts play and the well-being they provide in their state, each of the twelve Senators we have featured received an F grade on their support for the arts. Sadly, there are more than twelve Senators who failed the arts this year, in fact there are twenty-eight who received an F on our Congressional Arts Report Card.”
Text and pictures from Americans for the Arts Action Fund.