Art Saves Lives | Helen Corning Said It Best

Helen Corning | Traveling Solo

This month marked the 30th Annual Arts Advocacy Day and the 2017 Action Summit in Washington, DC. It also marks a time when Federal support for the arts is under siege. The federally-funded NEA benefits and enriches a wide-ranging national audience and supports the creative works of artists and arts organizations from all over the US, importantly through funding to State Arts Councils, many of which are POBA’s most active partners. Without a national commitment to support the arts, the uniquely American voice that created jazz and cinematography, space photography and hip-hop, and so many other expressions of the American imagination and creative spirit is diminished and perhaps silenced. This month, nearly a thousand arts advocates representing 88 national organizations joined in a united effort to tell Capitol Hill how important the arts are to our communities, how much arts education means to our children, and how the arts improve our daily lives.

Helen Corning, one of POBA’s most remarkable legacy artists, wore a pin everyday of her adult life that said Art Saves Lives. If you agree with her, check out these links to find out how you can take action to keep the arts alive in America.