U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Press Secretary
press@usdept-arttech.net

For Immediate Release: December 19, 2001

US DEPARTMENT OF ART & TECHNOLOGY
ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE

WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary Randall M. Packer today unveiled the new US Department of Art & Technology Website (http://www.usdept-arttech.net) in an event at the US Department of Art & Technology Office Building in Washington.
The site features a vibrant design, richer content, multimedia components, improved access for disabled users and an area designed specifically for those with revolutionary concerns and utopian aspirations for the cultural heritage of our nation.
Navigation is improved with front page access to key areas of the site including news, staff, policies, vision, and Tel-SPAN, the soon to be launched Telematic Broadcasting Channel of the US Department of Art & Technology. Tel-SPAN will provide media artists who seek to influence the national discourse, public policy, and the future of art a direct conduit to its audience without filtering or otherwise constraining their points of view.

The new site will be updated frequently throughout the day with rapid posting of speeches, press conferences, press releases and nominations. Audio and video from many Department events will also be available. The audio broadcast of the Secretary's speech from the recent swearing-in ceremony can be accessed on-line.

The Website was designed and programmed entirely by staff and included input from many Offices and Bureaus, most notably the Under Secretary for Domestic Affairs and the Under Secretary of the Bureau for the Blurring of the Real & Virtual, who consult regularly on the Department's Website and telematic activities.

The US Department of Art and Technology is the United States government's principal agency for facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

URL: http://www.usdept-arttech.net

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