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Michelle Obama and I Agree: Commit to the Arts in Schools

Michael Tilson Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Tilson Thomas

With state budgets under attack, we in the arts are bracing for a familiar song: whether or not to fund arts in the schools.

My Visit to Kalamazoo

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Next time any government official in Washington or elsewhere says that the arts are elitist or that everyday people don't care about the arts, I am going to suggest they visit Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Why the Arts Don't Pay for Themselves

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

When people say the arts are irrelevant, I have to disagree; the arts are simply too expensive.

Arts in Crisis

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kaiser

American arts organizations are threatened, but it is not the economy that poses the largest threat.

A Stimulus Boost For Mid-Sized Theaters?

Chicago Public Radio | Justin Kaufmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The economy's effect on small businesses has been well documented. But one business that is seeing a dangerous downturn is the theater. Mid-Sized thea...

Wednesday Routine, and What it Takes

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

A show is employment for a large number of artists and crafts people. So the stimulus package's tiddly $50M for the arts can be put to work with disproportionate effect.

Why Do Repubicans Hate Artists And Writers So Much?

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Solod

I don't expect Republicans to own up to having read anything more challenging than a Tom Clancy novel, but would they really deny the rest of us the opportunity to do so?

The Culture Wars Roll On

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

The arts and humanities get a pretty raw deal. It was painful to watch the purported centrists in the Senate cut out nearly $100 million worth of funds for arts, culture and education last week.

Condoms and Art are Stimulating (to the Economy); Corporate Tax Cuts Not So Much

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If we want more stimulus, economic and otherwise, we need more funding for the arts and for family planning/safe sex, and less tax cuts for corporations.

Culture Zohn: Getting Creative in '09

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2009-01-09-zohnpull.jpg Artists and arts institutions are scrappy and resourceful, generally uncomplaining and used to being valued less than bureaucrats, bankers or engineers.