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1) NEA Petitions on White House Website Not Counting SIgnatures

A screen capture of a petition on the White House website


Two White House petitions urging Trump to preserve the NEA and federal arts funding are reportedly not registering new signatures. Both the petitions, currently “available” on the White House website, launched January 21st, the day after the inauguration, a few days after the new president announced his budget plan that would  not include funding for the NEA or the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Though thousands of people have tweeted and posted on social media that they have signed the petitions, the numbers haven’t budged.


2) Artist Creates Website to Show All That NEA Funded Last Year


A screen capture of a website listing the NEA's 2016 funding


On that note, in case you were wondering why the NEA should be preserved in the first place, one artist, Tega Brain, has created a scrolling website that lists all of the items that the endowment funded in 2016 alone. The colorful website fills the screen with a changing selection of funded items that were officially published on the NEA website. The items include numerous theatrical performances, local art and music festivals, after-school programs for at-risk youth, and more.


3) Christo Pulls Out of Colorado Project in Protest

A sketch of an artwork by Christo


Christo has abruptly pulled out of a project into which he invested over 20 years and millions of dollars worth of his money, as a gesture of defiance to the new POTUS. The proposed project was supposed to take the form of a 42-mile silver canopy installed over a Colorado section of the Arkansas river. However, because that land is federally-owned, it is now under Trump’s jurisdiction - something that Christo is refusing to tolerate. The project was already facing opposition from Colorado residents who were concerned over its environmental impact - so perhaps it is best conceived as a middle-finger to the current president.


4) Responsible Art Market Aims to Stop Corruption and Money Laundering

A screen capture of the Responsible Art Market website


Calling themselves the Responsible Art Market Initiative, a group of art dealers, lawyers and consultants are trying to improve the art market’s image. Following the seizure of a shipment of stolen Syrian antiquities at Geneva’s Free Port, the group decided it was time to come together and draw up a set of guidelines for the prevention of money laundering and illegitimate art trade. Switzerland’s contribution to the global art trade is comparatively small, but the Free Port is notable for being the world’s largest tax-free art storage facility - a fact which could make it vulnerable to unsavory activities.


5) A Selection of the Best J20 Women's March Posters 


A photo of a poster taken at the inaugural J20 protests

Finally, in case you missed it, here is Hyperallergic’s list of some of the best posters seen at the Women’s March inaugural protests. The signs range from humorous to incredibly poignant.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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