The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
On the occasion of your first inauguration, I wrote to you with the request to consider building a bold program of cultural diplomacy as one answer to the problem of improving and maintaining international relations. In hindsight, I believe that we can still do much more and I continue to encourage and support your daring leadership in those efforts.
Likewise, I have high hopes that you will seize the value of a second term by leveraging your position to accomplish the following:
- Reinstate individual NEA artist grants.
- Publicly recognize and validate the significance of the arts as not only our shared cultural heritage but a vital component of a healthy economy and vibrant communities.
- Help the arts help themselves by developing and enforcing governance rules and regulations that protect the integrity of arts organizations.
There will undoubtedly be resistance to moving so far in such a comparatively short time but there has never been a better moment to launch these efforts than now and the rewards far outweigh the risks. To that end, we need your administration to encourage progress and lead the way into a new model for success and stability.