Will you raise your voice and sing or will you look the other way? All around us, beauty and pain are exploding into being. The song of humanity is bursting into life, tension and resolution, full of dissonance and harmony.
Funding support for the arts represented just 3.7 cents per $10,000 of Michigan state spending in Fiscal Year 2011. Knowing the arts were more valuable than a few cents, we knew better arguments were needed to prove it.
By supporting a local arts organization, a bank helps ensure the survival of a strong community ecosystem while at the same time raising its own profile in the business community. That's the equation. If we don't want to traffic in that equation, we shouldn't accept the support.