Slaughter Celebrates Arts Advocacy Day

Nov 22, 2011
Co-Chair Louise M. Slaughter addresses Arts Advocacy Day participants
Slaughter Celebrates Arts Advocacy Day


Slaughter Celebrates Arts Advocacy Day


Says the Arts Matter to our Economy, Culture and Future

April 4, 2011

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus today released the following statement made to supporters of the arts who had traveled to Capitol Hill for Arts Advocacy Day.

According to Americans for the Arts, the arts industry has a vast impact on the nation's economy. Each year, the arts industry generates $166.2 billion annually in economic activity, provides 5.7 million full-time jobs, creates $104.2 billion in household income, and generates almost $17 billion in state and local revenue and $12.6 billion in federal income tax revenue. In New York’s 28th Congressional District, the arts industry supports 1,414 arts-related businesses that employ 16,145 people.

Speaking to the arts advocates gathered on Capitol Hill, Slaughter said, “A country that can spend $8 billion a month for 10 years on a war can afford a little money for the National Endowment for the Arts.” 

She continued, “The greatest treasures in this country are the people who create, and move us forward - the people who spark the creation that leaves behind the things that tell us who we were, who we are, and who we hope to be.” 

Slaughter has been a long-time champion of the Arts Community leading the annual fight to increase the federal commitment to the arts. For more on her work to support the arts, click here.

Slaughter's full remarks can be seen here.

Her remarks as prepared for delivery are provided here.