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The Arts Action Fund, together with Washington Post reporter Alyssa Rosenberg, drafted questions for Presidential candidates to hone in on their arts policy positions. Donald Trump was the first candidate to respond, and the full text of his answers can be found here.
The Arts Policy questions are designed to elicit specific policy statements with respect to issues like promoting economic growth in the arts and culture sector and how states should allocate funding for arts education programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The questions written by the Arts Action Fund were combined with questions by Rosenberg and submitted to candidates.
Trump, the Manhattan real estate mogul and Republican presidential frontrunner, deferred to Congress on some issues such as funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. He also stated that decisions about arts education should be left up to individual states.However, Trump also made an important statement on the arts:
“I had the great fortune to receive a comprehensive liberal arts education from an Ivy League institution. What is most important is that we examine how one-size-fits-all approaches imposed by the federal government have corrupted the availability and efficacy of liberal arts education. Critical thinking skills, the ability to read, write and do basic math are still the keys to economic success. A holistic education that includes literature and the arts is just as critical to creating good citizens.”
Trump’s responses will hopefully pressure other candidates to release more specific statements on arts-related issues.