Here in the Juxtapoz office, we are getting into the political mood as we just completed our November 2012 Politics issue. (Curated by Ron English, get ready). Just as we were finishing, LA graffiti legend and proponent of public art, Saber, contacted us about a new campaign he was working on: #DefendTheArts. Saber is building a community for a skywriting campaign to illuminate Mitt Romney's declaration that he will eliminate funding for The National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, and NPR if elected. Juxtapoz has donated, and we hope you will, too.
*Mitt Romney has stated that he would eliminate funding for The National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, and NPR if elected. This extreme conservative has no appreciation for the arts or American culture, despite the fact that creative people are the backbone of this country. It’s time to fight back and prevent these publicly funded and uniquely American organizations from being eliminated. To do this, I’m going to use the same tactic that I used last year that successfully generated much press and attention in both the real and internet worlds: BY TAKING OVER THE SKIES.
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*Donations can be made a several different amounts. Every Donation Will Receive The Two “Thank you for your participation” Gifts.
-Special, Hand Signed, “Limited Time Only” Open Edition Giclee Print On 8.5?x11? Archival Paper Titled “#DefendTheArts”, That Will Only Be Available From Now Till Friday September 21st At Midnight
-Handmade, “#DefendTheArts” Ribbon Pin, As A Symbol Of Your Participation In The Campaign.
*For over an hour, a fleet of skywriters will circle a major US city (or cities, depending on the amount raised), using 250 characters to create provocative statements that are visible from 20+ miles away. By incorporating social media like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, I will generate global attention and direct personal involvement from supporters of the Arts, at all levels. The more money that is generated the more I can extend this project to other cities.
*I NEED YOUR HELP to hire the fleet and document the taking over of the American skies. Don’t let Mitt Romney eliminate these programs that help define our American cultural experience and that are vital to our country’s future. #DefendTheArts
Here are just a few statistics and bullet points about Arts impact on society.
1.Stronger communities . . . University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates. A vibrant arts community ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture and tabloid marketplace.
2.Arts are an Industry . . . Arts organizations are responsible businesses, employers, and consumers. Nonprofit arts organizations generate $135 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 4.1 million jobs and generating $22.3 billion in government revenue. Investment in the arts supports jobs, generates tax revenues, promotes tourism, and advances our creativity-based economy.
3.Arts are an export industry . . . U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) grew to $64 billion in 2010, while imports were just $23 billion—a $41 billion arts trade surplus in 2010.