Arguing About Public Funding for the Arts Gets Us Nowhere

Shining light on the Arts in Washington(Photo: Arts USA, Washington DC)
Shining light on the Arts in Washington(Photo: Arts USA, Washington DC)

The Arts Actually are About Values

Douglas McLennan, founder of artsjournal.com makes a pretty good case that we’re beginning the argument at the end, rather than the beginning.  Before discussions about funding can begin, the value of the Arts to our lives needs to be the topic.  One cliche rings true:  Those who frame an issue, control it.  Until Arts supporters everywhere stand up and state WHY the Arts should be funded, this fight will continue.

Read The Party of Can’t and Won’t (artsjournal.com)

Watch Kevin Spacey Makes the “Arts Argument” at the 2011 Meeting

 Taking Note: After-School Activities & the Arts

Despite doomsayers who tell us all of our children are glued to x-boxes, i-Phones/Pads, and texting themselves to an early case of carpal tunnel, the U.S. Department of Education recently issued a report stating that after school participation in music and the performing arts has held steady at 24%.

Read Taking Note (arts.gov)

Milwaukee Symphony Advocates for Winter Tourism in Wisconsin

Lest you think all classical musicians are stuffed shirts who sleep in formal wear, think again!  Here, they invite music lovers to play in the snow in Wisconsin.

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