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Obama Using National Endowment for the Arts to Create a Cult of Personality

Posted on September 2 2009 1:15 am
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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 “to 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.” […]

…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 who 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 “health care” and “energy and environment.”

That service was to be attached to President Obama’s United We Serve campaign, a federal program that aims to make service a way of life for all Americans.

“It sounded, how should I phrase it…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 the conference call which was run by Yosi Sergant, communications director for the NEA, Courrielche wrote. Sergant happens to be the publicist behind the iconic Obama “Hope” poster created during the 2008 presidential election by artist Shepard Fairey.

We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’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 “shape the lives” of those around us.

Courrielche, whose audio recording of the teleconference was played on-air by Beck, said that 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:

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