Arizona Arts and Civic Engagement

(5-21-10) Robert Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, responds to requests for his position on recently enacted laws from the state of Arizona:

Over the last few weeks Arizona constituents and national friends of the arts have wondered about the Arts Commission’s position related to several recently-enacted Arizona laws.

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 43-year old agency of the State of Arizona. And the truth is, though it is personally difficult at times, it is not legal or permissible for state agencies – as agencies – to engage in or take official positions related to state or federal laws, political issues or elections. Of course, individuals and organizations are not bound by the same set of rules...

Read his post.