Cassandra has put up a link to the website of the UK`s DCMS, the composite ministry for culture, media and sport. Here are the specific pages for the culture section:
and the arts section:
While additional finance would not go amiss, overall, I have yet to see a more effective arts funding model than the UK one, with an arms length body, Arts Council England, receiving funding from the DCMS. This is not withstanding that ACE has recently emerged from having an appalling Chief Exec; despite the mayhem created at the London HQ, the regions continued to do a vital role in financing the Arts in England to the tune of some $600m per year.
And I`m sure that part of that success derives from having the area recognised at a high Government level and having a dedicated Minister for Culture, Creative Industries & Tourism who reports to the overall Minister for DCMS.
So, in my view, the appointment of a Secretary for Culture should be a big help for Arts in the US, both in raising its profile in political circles and increasing the ludicrously low funding available from ACE`s equivalent body in the US, the National Endowment for the Arts, with a meagre $125m available for arts grants in 2007.
It would be great if it were at cabinet level, as then you would be ahead of us, as only the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is at cabinet level, not the Culture Minister .
Such an appointment would accord with Obama`s decision to be, apparently, the first presidential candidate to have an arts policy statement on their campaign website.