Check out The National Campaign to Hire Artists to Work in Schools. A national campaign for the public service employment of artists to work in schools and other community centers for economic stimulus, educational advancement and cultural enrichment.
Calling all artists, arts educators and advocates in all 50 states to convince the Obama Administration and Congress that this is a cost-effective, long-lasting, easy-to-start-up infrastructural investment and should be a significant part of the Jobs & Growth stimulus package now in development.
In the tradition of the WPA and CETA Arts when times were similarly tough. This is our window of opportunity. We've got our tools, our talent, passion, agility, hunger and commitment.
Also see this interview of actor Peter Coyote talking about the virtues of public employment of artists and his experience with the CETA Arts Program and the State Arts Council.