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Culture and the Arts

California Democrats believe in freedom of expression without compromise, public support of the arts, and the principles promoted by the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). We further commit to involve arts and cultural organization workers of all communities in the planning and the implementation of their artistic endeavors:

In support of the arts, California Democrats will:

  • Celebrate and promote the cultural diversity of our residents, past and present, and encourage improved public knowledge through honest portrayal of our diverse cultures and histories;
  • Encourage community-based works in the arts and cultural practices that explore the power to create positive images that reflect a peaceful future;
  • Ensure that all people of color have equal access to tax-funded cultural arts programs and have an opportunity to participate in decision-making of those cultural arts programs;
  • Encourage through policy and financial incentives for Pre-K-12 schools to include arts education and to incorporate creative arts and innovation into core competency;
  • Encourage engagement in all types of public art and performance in all communities;
  • Promote multi-media public broadcasting, including community-based public radio and public access television;
  • Promote greater financial inclusion for all artists in Internet use of their intellectual property;
  • Support artists’ rights to their intellectual property by providing protection from the negative uses of Artificial Intelligence;
  • Promote the arts as a major employer and industry by recognizing the importance of creative workers to California’s economy and support efforts to sustain California’s international status as a center of innovation, including the film and television industry, architecture, design, technology, and the many categories of fine and performing arts; and,
  • Continue to support increases in funding for the California Arts Council as the Council seeks inclusion and representation of all communities in its initiatives; especially works from underrepresented groups such as California’s American Indians, Black and African Americans, AAPI, Latino, and LGBTQ artists.


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