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ADVISORY: Arts, Inc.

How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights

Featured Speakers:

Bill Ivey, Author, Arts, Inc.

Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Moderated by:

Sally Steenland, Senior Policy Advisor for Faith and Progressive Policy, Center for American Progress

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In this impassioned and persuasive book, Bill Ivey, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, assesses the current state of the arts in America and finds cause for alarm. Even as he celebrates our ever-emerging culture and the way it enriches our lives here at home while spreading the dream of democracy around the world, he points to a looming crisis. The expanding footprint of copyright, an unconstrained arts industry marketplace, and a government unwilling to engage culture as a serious arena for public policy have come together to undermine art, artistry, and cultural heritage-the expressive life of America. Ivey blends personal and professional memoir and policy analysis -including a proposal for a new central authority, a Department of Cultural Affairs, dedicated to reclaiming a coordinated vision for art, culture, and expression in American life. Please join the Center for American Progress for this thought-provoking discussion as we explore the importance of art and preserving a cultural heritage for all Americans.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Program: 12:00pm to 1:00pm Admission is free.

A light lunch will be served.

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