THIS IS A CALL to all artists, of recognized standing in their profession, who are aware of the critical conditions existing in world culture in general, and in the field of the Arts in particular. This Call is to those artists, whom conscious of the need of action realize the necessity of collective dissuasion and planning, with the objective of the preservation and development of our cultural heritage. It us for those artists who realize that the cultural crisis is but a reflection of a world economic crisis and not an isolated phenomenon.
The artists are among those most affected by the world economic crisis. Their income has dwindled dangerously close to zero.
Dealers, museum, and private patrons have long ceased to supply the meager support hay once gave.
Government, State and Municipally sponsored Art Projects are giving only temporary employment - to a small fraction of this artists.
In addition to his economic plight the artist much face a constant attach against his freedom of expression.
Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art the Old Court House in St. Louis, the Coit Memorial Tower in San Francisco the Abraham Lincoln Hight School, Rikers Island Penitentiary - in these and other important public and semi-public institutions, suppression, censorship or actual destruction of art works has occurred.
Oaths of allegiance of teachers, investigations of colleges for radicalism, sedition bulls aimed at the suppression of civil liberties, discrimination against the foreign-born, against Negroes,, the reactionary Liberty League and similar organizations, Hearst journalism, etc., are daily reindeers of facets growth in the United States.
A picture of what fascism has done to living standards, to civil liberties, to workers' organizations, to science and art, the threat against the peace and security of the world, as shown in Italy and Germany, should arouse every sincere artist to action.
We artists must act. Individually we are powerless. Through collective action we can defend our interests. We must ally ourselves with all groups engaged in the common struggle against war and fascism.
There is need for an artists' organization on a nation-wide scale, which will deal with our cultural problems. The creation of sushi a permanent organization, which will be affiliated with kindred organizations throughout the world, is our task.
American Artists' Congress Town Hall, New York City February 14, 1936 8 P.M.
SIGNERS OF THE CALL FOR THE AMERICAN ARTISTS' CONGRESS
(*) = signers of the Call for American Artists' Congress, 1936
(**) = signers of the Call for American Artists' Congress, 1941
NOTE: artists who did not sign the call for AAC are listed below WITHOUT BOLD LETTERS