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Our President Elect has an Arts Platform. Not just that, he believes that the arts have a vital role to play in our nation's much-needed economic revival. His Platform notes that not only is arts education indispensable for success in a rapidly changing, high skill, information economy, but studies show that arts education raises test scores in other subject areas as well. "To remain competitive in the global economy," Obama has said, "America needs to reinvigorate the kind of creativity and innovation that has made this country great. To do so, we must nourish our children’s creative skills. In addition to giving our children the science and math skills they need to compete in the new global context, we should also encourage the ability to think creatively that comes from a meaningful arts

The President elect also believes that through art exchange American artists, performers and thinkers can inspire people both at home and all over the world. "Our nation's creativity has filled the world's libraries, museums, recital halls, movie houses, and marketplaces with works of genius," in Obama's view. At the same time, he sees opening America’s doors to students and professional artists from abroad as a means to provide the kind of two-way cultural understanding that can break down the barriers that feed hatred and fear. Obama has promised to improve and expand public-private partnerships to expand cultural and arts exchanges throughout the world.

He supports health care initiatives that will benefit artists and Artist-Museum Partnership Act that would allow artists to deduct the fair
market value of their work, rather than just the costs of the materials, when they make charitable contributions.

You can read the entire platform at

Here's a summary of Obama's art recommendations:

Reinvest in Arts Education:

Expand Public/Private Partnerships Between Schools and Arts Organizations.

Create an Artist Corps.

Publicly Champion the Importance of Arts Education.

Support Increased Funding for the NEA.

Promote Cultural Diplomacy.

Attract Foreign Talent.

Provide Health Care to Artists.

Ensure Tax Fairness for Artists.

Read Sue Lawty's on-line diary. She started it when she was Artist-in-Residence for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and continues to update it regularly: She writes about her work, her travels, the creative process and much more. The site always includes wonderful photos -- everything from glorious views of the beach in Dorset to the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries at the V&A to sketches of designs she is researching and info on the World Beach Project that Lawty started and the V&A has championed. There are also useful links (including one to browngrotta arts!).

sue lawty V&A installation

Sue Lawty installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 2005

The Art of Institute of Chicago has created a comprehensive guide to historic tapestries -- from their use and function, to their history from the 1500s to the 1940s to information on their production:
The Use and Function of Tapestries
Tapestries in Context
The Golden Age
War and Revolution
Tapestry in Design and Weaving
Color in Tapestries
Tapestries at the Art Institute
Selected Works

Chicago Art Institue
The Transition & Influence website from the University College of the Creative Arts sets out to disseminate projects highlighting the best and the most exciting contemporary textile practice in the UK, Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, with particuar reference to textile as a both a culture specific and trans-cultural language. Learn about the Cloth & Culture NOW exhibition that included Agneta Hobin and Merja Winquist of Finland and Sue Lawty of the UK and Textural Space, which featured Naomi and Masakazu Kobayashi, Kyoko Kumai and Chiyoko Tanaka. In 2011, miniature works by the artists in Textural Space will be exhibited at The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation in London. Transparent Boundaries will follow, an exhibit of international artists, designers and architects that will explore and develop the relationship between the magical, symbolic spaces associated with darkness, and the abstract, multidimensional spaces affiliated to emptiness. agneta hobin detail

Kristn Jnsdttir - Clouds on Shelves

Marian Bijlenga - Dutch Blue

Kiyomi Iwata - Kibuso and Organza

Wlodzimierz Cygan -Blue Green Weaving

Ex Claim! - Gyngy Laky

Helena Hernmarck- Tabula Rasa 3

Yasuhisa Kohyama - KAZE

Ulla-Maija Vikman- Snowy Owl

Tool For Revealing Lost Information, Lawrence LaBianca

Michael Radyk - Green Sow Sow & Swan Point

Kyoko Kumai - Memory & Blue Titanium Tapestry

se Ljones - Sound of the Fjord

John Garett - Age Basket No. 4 & Baroque Twister

Leon Niehues - Woven Open Neck

Marianne Kemp - Tube Waves

Chiyoko Tanaka - Mud Dots

Hisako Sekijima- Structural Discussion in Fiber

Eduardo Portillo & Mari Eugenia Dvila - New Nebula

Norma Minkowitz - Twister

Dail Behennah - Brown Ball with Black Center

Mary Giles - Lead Relief

Ferne Jacobs - Interior Passage

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