U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Press Secretary

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2001


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Sec. 1. Establishment. I hereby establish within the Executive Office of the President the Department of Art and Technology (the "Department") to be headed by the Secretary of the Department of Art and Technology.

Sec. 2. Mission. The mission of the Department shall be to develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive national strategy to secure United States cultural resources and support America's media artists, and to insure that the visionary aspirations of the avant-garde are an integral component of our nation's discourse. The Department of Art and Technology promotes media art, cultural growth, and improved aesthetic standards for all Americans by working in partnership with business, universities, communities and art schools. The Department shall perform the functions necessary to carry out this mission, including the functions specified in section 3 of this order.

Sec. 3. Functions. The functions of the Department shall be to coordinate the executive branch's efforts to detect, prepare for, immunize, protect against, respond to, and recover from an increasingly technological and media-saturated society. Within the Executive Branch, the US Department of Art and Technology is the lead U.S. cultural agency, and the Secretary is the President's principal art and technology adviser.

(a) National Strategy. The Department shall work with executive departments and agencies, State and local governments, and private entities to ensure the adequacy of the national strategy for detecting, preparing for, immunizing, protecting against, responding to, and recovering from the threat of cultural deprivation as well as media bias propagated by United States corporate interests and shall periodically review and coordinate revisions to that strategy as necessary. The Department advances U.S. objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more visionary, and more utopian world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President's policy on art and technology.

(b) Detection. The Department shall identify priorities and coordinate efforts for documentation of technology-assisted art that call for aesthetic freedom and utopian ideologies within the 50 United States and its greater commonwealth.

November 9, 2001


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