Breitbart News has learned that President Joe Biden’s administration is spending more than $1.9 million on 11 pieces of Aboriginal art.
Through the State Department’s Arts in Embassies (AIE) program, which “Creates Vivid intercultural dialogue and fostering mutual understanding through visual arts and dynamic art exchanges, “Taxpayers can expect to purchase approximately $2 million in original art to “complement the changing architecture of capital projects,” a State Department document obtained by Breitbart News shows.
The art, valued at about $2 million, appears to be intended to provide “cost savings” and mask the “visual effects of security measures”.
“The strategic incorporation of art into the design phase of new buildings ensures significant site-specific assignments that visually enhance the building, deliver accessible images, and can perform essential functions by providing cost-saving wall surfaces or mitigating the visual impacts of security measures,” the document reads. .
Art will not hang in the United States but abroad in Guatemala City, Hyderabad, Maputo, Mexico City, Nairobi, Podgorica, Rio de Janeiro and Tegucigalpa. Artwork includes tapestries, paintings, mixed media, sculptures, and murals. Parts costs range from $42,500 to $350,000.
Some of the artworks are described as “huge-sized”, “internationally recognized”, “an example of cross-culturalism”, “inspired by the venerable baobab tree” and “heavenly”.
The State Department said the purpose of the AIE program is to “connect” US buildings to the host country by “evoking” a “dialogue that supports our diplomatic challenges.”
“The groups connect the buildings to the United States and the host country by evoking the culture of the two countries and providing a dynamic platform for face-to-face dialogue that supports our diplomatic missions,” the document says.
The eleven original artworks make up only one aspect of the AIE programme. The Department of State states that the AIE program includes “60 annual exhibitions and has installed more than 70 permanent art collections in more than 200 of the Department’s diplomatic facilities in 189 countries”.
“To get the job done, AIE is engaging more than 20,000 international participants, including artists, museums, galleries, universities, and private collectors,” the State Department website reads.
The AIE program raises questions about excessive federal government spending. According to Senator James Lankford (R-Ok), the federal government has wasted about $10.5 trillion under Joe Biden.
“Waste spending, whether it’s in the billions or in the thousands, is waste spending. At the end of the day, Lankford said in April on the Senate floor. We need to understand that the American people are counting on us to make tough decisions, and there are many, many tough decisions out there. But at the moment as a body, we are not even discussing 30 trillion debt.”