Forget Republican congressmen. The biggest enemy of arts advocates may be themselves.
Check out the web-"PSA's" Americans for the Arts just unveiled in their latest (no doubt professionally-commissioned*) pr campaign, "Feed Your Kids the Arts!"
This one's the best of the three, since at least it's cleverly produced. But, man, if there's one thing kids hate more than "the arts" it's nutrition!
(Then again, these are obviously aimed at the parents. First mistake.)
Perhaps this one intends to appeal to kids--sorta Dora the Explorer, but blander. And then it goes all Jetsons!
And finally, la pièce de résistance.
Whoever thought the best way to sell the arts in 2009 was to imply that all a middle-class black family needs to give their kids a better life is some dead white European male invading their home...Well, it's just not helping.
And, in the age of Obama, to close on the image of a young African American boy with a long white beard stuck on him...Fuck it, gut that NEA! Even I've had it.
Oh, and by the way, notice: lots of dancing, classical music, painting here. But no theatre.
*Website seems to say these were made in conjunction with Disney! There you go.