“Senate Passes “Mob Museum” Prohibition in Stimulus” is the Wall Street Journal headline I found while perusing the day’s arts headlines. Republican Senator Coburn’s anti-arts amendment, tagged February 9 in the Jackson Hole Art Blog, wants to specifically bar spending on a proposed history-of-organized-crime museum.
For those of us who don’t get a chance to read the WSJ every day, here’s the story behind the Coburn amendment:
An Americans for the Arts blogger posted thoughts on the recently penned Coburn Amendment, which dictates that arts-related industries not receive any part of a new economic stimulus package.
As she read the proposed amendment, blogger Merryl Goldberg recalled her family’s experiences with discrimination. The February 10th post, “Discriminatory Arts,” is posted on Americans for the Arts website.