With state budgets under attack, we in the arts are bracing for a familiar song: whether or not to fund arts in the schools.
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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.
When people say the arts are irrelevant, I have to disagree; the arts are simply too expensive.
American arts organizations are threatened, but it is not the economy that poses the largest threat.
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
Artists and arts institutions are scrappy and resourceful, generally uncomplaining and used to being valued less than bureaucrats, bankers or engineers.
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