Why America Needs a 1% Federal Art Sales Tax

Attendees stroll the aisles at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019. A tax on sales at the fair could lead to welcome change for the future.©ART BASEL

The art world has beeninvigorated in the past year by the notion that equity and inclusion should be mandates rather than mere abstract concepts. But while we’re good at hashtags, putting on fundraisers, and lifting up what we believe should be ideals, it’s time to walk the walk and lobby Washington to usher in a much more ambitious and nimble approach to the federal government’s role in the arts. We can’t continue to wait and see which way the political winds blow. We must summon the art world’s collective power to set a new and bold agenda for making access to the arts a fundamental component of education in America.

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