Tax Breaks Do Not Substitute For Arts Funding
June 16, 2007
you for your comment, Robert. Your
suggestion that tax policy provides extensive public funding for the arts in
I have noticed that Americans often try to squirm out of international comparisons regarding arts funding by stating plainly false facts. One of the most common is listing numbers for the huge number of orchestras we supposedly have without noting that the vast majority of them are low paying semi-professional groups. And opera houses in our country are virtually non-existent. So where is the “extensive public funding based on tax policy” going? There must be an awful lot of phantom opera houses around here!
why the fatalistic attitude about increasing our public arts funding?
What kind of leadership is that? I
am sure people told Martin Luther King that blacks would achieve equality about
the same time the
the Roosevelt administration the
The problems with public arts funding can indeed be solved. It will be a long-term struggle, and it will require leaders like you, Robert, and the others on this panel. So take heart and get busy!