Some politicians have been open about their intention to "starve the beast." Well, this week in Washington, we've seen the clearest indication yet of this "starve the beast" approach in action. It turns out, though, that the "beast" we're starving is our own children and our investments in their future.
While not all artists embrace the idea that what they do makes the world a better place, many artists - certainly the public artist - see their work as a vehicle for people all over the world to express themselves. These are mostly artists who, in the best tradition, want to see change in the world, change in public perceptions or government attitudes and actions.