On a February day, Cody Herring browsed political news articles detailing the first actions of the Trump administration. He was performing his duty as an informed member of society when he came across a piece of writing that truly upset him. In order to make cuts to the federal budget, the administration plans to dissolve the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, agencies that allot national tax dollars for the advancement of American art and culture. Herring located a national petition denouncing this governmental action but knew that he had to do more than sign his name.
Herring has been around music and art all his life. He has spent years as a member of Indiana’s creative communities, both in his home city of Indianapolis and during college at Ball State University. Herring described that in this local music scene, he’s “made a lot of friends that support each other and have become like a giant family.” As a member of Indianapolis band, Audiodacity, he conjured an idea to throw a benefit concert to raise awareness and support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He called his friend Benjamin Cannon of Spark Joy Music, an organization specializing in event planning and artist support. Cannon’s connection to artists and venues in the city was invaluable in arranging the event in a short amount of time. Having a limited time before the petition period will end, they set a plan in motion for the Protect the Arts Concert.
Herring has high hopes that such a concert will spread support for not just Indianapolis art and culture, but will help attendees to recognize the value of American art and culture overall. According to Herring, “The Trump administration just cannot eliminate these organizations. The NEH and the NEA account for less than .002% of our federal spending, which comes out to about 46 cents a year for every American. It’s time for Hoosiers to stand up.” The concert will showcase several Indiana musical acts and visual artists in a show of support for gaining petition signatories and donations for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Protect the Arts Concert will take place at Fountain Square Brewing Co. on February 19 from noon to 8 p.m. The event will feature musical acts on two stages and will showcase live visual artists. Audiodacity will give away a free EP to attendees featuring two tracks from their upcoming album, “Freedom” and “Set Yourself Free.”
The lineup for the Protect the Arts concert is as follows:
Brandon Wadley Trio
Danni Al Mar
Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers
Opal Fly and Kapow
Sk and Cole Woodruff
Gregory DeBoor (poet)
To learn more about the upcoming Protect the Arts Concert, please visit their Facebook page.
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