Mitt Romney proposes that we cut the National Endowment for the Arts budget. Well, that would help a great deal. That annual budget is expected to be $146 million in 2012, significantly less than Romney and Company made on the Dade International deal alone.
Christo and Jean Claude, two immigrant Americans, are showing the nation the vitality of its arts and the creative process in not only enhancing our lives, but also as a tool for economic development and well being.
Art is about things that can't be reduced to the objective field and the territory of economics. It is about historical memory and creating an interpretive frame for the future. The arts will endure because they are at the core of the human impulse. It's that simple.
There are stories that all of us in the arts have: of the arts changing a child's life; humanizing a hospital; and revitalizing a rural or urban downtown. The arts are not part of the problem but part of the solution to America's problems.