5/18: Support for the arts

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How should we consider the case for and against government support of theaters and museums? It’s election season, so the topic has come up, with folks citing Mitt Romney’s threat to defund Big Bird. Locally, we’ve seen the closing of Marietta’s fine Theatre in the Square (not that another grant or two could have saved it). Today, we offer three opinions, as writers make their case for reframing the arts debate, which they say shouldn’t be reduced to a pro/con wrestling match over public money.

Opinion 1

Opinion 2

Opinion 3

4 comments Add your comment

that's goofy

May 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

Thankfully SAWB provides a clear, logical and well reasoned opinion on tax payers funding the arts. Contrast that with Chip’s Talk Radio approach. We wonder why we experience political gridlock?

I agree with SAWB.

Hillbilly D

May 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

In my time, I’ve known quite a few musicians. One of them made it big, a few managed to being able to make a living at it, and most eventually had to move it to a hobby and find another way to pay the bills. Artists can do the same thing and I have a cousin who does make a living as an artist, without any grants.

Chip

May 17th, 2012
10:10 pm

I have better things to do with my money than support lazy slackers who routinely attack society, non-politically correct people like me, and my values with their arrogant hate-filled “art.”

Oh, I know that these artists need government to take money from me and give it to them. Obviously they are too special and important to lower themselves to something as mundane and distracting as work. After all, if they have to work, they may not have time to “educate” and “enlighten” me with their magnificient brilliance.

But then again, I really don’t care. These flakes can do what mature adults do… work for a living, and do their hobbies –, oops, their art — on their spare time at their own expense.

SAWB

May 17th, 2012
7:33 pm

As a member of two local museums I can assure you I value the Arts and maybe that is the point. What I mean is that I value the Arts, so I support them with my contributions. Now, those who support athletic endeavors, botanical gardens, historical societies and symphonies support those organizations with their funds. The obvious question is how much money should government forcible take from tax payers to fund non-core governmental services. While I believe all members of a society should be interested and engaged in the varied cultural product of that society they should not be forced by government to do so.