Yes, we can! With tax dollars!
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Spin this, Media Matters!
On his TV show, Glenn Beck spoke to filmmaker Patrick Courrielche who revealed at Big Hollywood that he had participated in a teleconference call in which the National Endowment for the Arts — the largest funder of the arts in the U.S. — encouraged artists to create pro-Obama art:
I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries â€œto help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda — health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.â€ […]
…the National Endowment for the Arts was steering the art community toward creating art on the very issues that are currently under contentious national debate; those being health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation. […]
NEA is, by the way, the same government agency that used to fund anti-Semitic communist Amiri Baraka, the writer whoÂ penned a “poem” after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in which he implied that President Bush had orchestrated the attacks and that Jews who worked in the Twin Towers were given advance notice not to attend work that day.
Courrielche writes that the conference call was touted as an opportunity for members of the art community to inspire service in four key categories, including â€œhealth careâ€ and â€œenergy and environment.â€
That service was to be attached toÂ President Obamaâ€™s United We Serve campaign, aÂ federal program that aims to make service a way of life for all Americans.
“It sounded, how should I phrase itâ€¦unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate,” he wrote. He called in and what he heard worried him.
White House officials participated in theÂ conference callÂ which was run by Yosi Sergant, communications director for the NEA, Courrielche wrote.Â Sergant happens to be the publicist behind the iconicÂ Obama “Hope” poster created during the 2008Â presidential election by artist Shepard Fairey.
We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these â€œfocus areasâ€ as we had brought to Obamaâ€™s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to â€œshape the livesâ€ of those around us.
Courrielche, whoseÂ audio recording of the teleconference was played on-air by Beck,Â said thatÂ whenever governments and artists collaborate on art, the results are never good. That is an understatement.
Here is some Soviet taxpayer-funded art:
Here is some German taxpayer-funded art:
Here is some Cuban taxpayer-funded art:
Courrielche also discussed the issue a few days ago on Fox Business: