Our Arts President: Bernie Sanders

by Shelley Pineo-Jensen, Ph.D.

Bernie Sanders said this: I “promise that as president, I will be an arts president. I will continue to advocate strongly for robust funding of the arts in our cities, schools, and public spaces. Art is speech. Art is what life is about.”

In 1981, when he was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he worked to create the Burlington Arts Council. He has said, ““At that time, way back when, it was almost unheard of to have a municipally funded and supported effort to promote the arts.” The project was designed to “unleash the creativity of our residents and harness the untold benefits that investments in the arts bring to communities.” He has claimed the Arts Council as “one of my proudest achievements” as mayor. [Source: Hyperallergic website]

One Facebook page positions itself as “a place for artists of all kinds to share their unlicensed work in order to elevate the grassroots movement for Bernie Sanders,” Artists for Bernie Sanders.

What is unique about Bernie Sanders, as a candidate for president, is that he inspires art and music like no other living politician in our country. Here are some examples of fan art:

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Then there is the music:

So this is amazing.

The grassroots run deep and wide for this guy Bernie Sanders.

Whaddayathink?

Get to work electing him president!

For the arts!

About the Author

Dr. P-J
Dr. P-J took a Ph.D. in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership from the College of Education at the University of Oregon in 2013. Her scholarly interests include statistics, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, power structure analysis, Gender and Queer Theory, Critical Theory, and labor studies. Her dissertation (published as "An Informed Electorate" and available at Amazon.com) found a statistically significant correlation between a high level of a state’s educational standardization and high level of voter suppression / low voter turnout.

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