The Washington Post reported that the exact duties of a secretary of culture or the arts are unclear, but the main goals are supporting arts education and unifying cultural policy:
“We need a voice that looks broadly,” said Robert Lynch, president of
Americans for the Arts, a national lobbying group. He is advocating a
senior position, not necessarily a Cabinet post. “We are calling for a
person at the executive office level who understands there is a National Endowment for the Arts, but also understands the arts portfolio in the Education Department, the State Department—and in addition to the nonprofits arts, is looking at cultural
tourism, broadband access and trade through records, movies and videos.”
Obama has said he would increase funding for the NEA and arts grants, and ensure
artists would have access to health care and fair tax deductions. Establishing a Cabinet-level position would require the assent of Congress.
The online petition has garnered more than 200,000 signatures. What do you think about appointing an art czar?