The Biden Administration Must Invest in the Arts

Carol Becker | Columbia News | 2021

A federal program, like the WPA, can create new narratives for an evolving society more equitable and inclusive than those of the past or present.

As the United States is increasingly forced to confront its enormous contradictions concerning race, class, and gender inequity, the country needs to think deeply about how to support those who speak fearlessly, directly, and creatively about these issues: artists.

They mirror our stories through writing, visual art, theater, film, dance, and music, so that we can talk honestly about our histories––collective and individual––better understand each other, and imagine a society capable of embracing and navigating difference. Indeed, during this pandemic, the arts have kept our spirits alive, allowing us to continue to feel part of humanity, not nearly as lonely or isolated as we might have.

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