PUBLICALLY FUNDED ARTS AND CULTURE – A DEBATE OR A DIALOGUE?

Here is an interesting comment from a Vancouver writer and artist:

“Without a doubt, the arts enlighten the soul. But if the state takes money from taxpayers and gives it to arts groups, it forces the public to pay for art it might not want, while leaving people less money to spend on the things they do want. In the real world, if entrepreneurs cannot get people to freely pay for what they produce, they must find another line of work. If artists cannot get people to voluntarily buy their wares, then taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for it — and the artist should find another job.”

Maureen Bader is a Vancouver writer and artist.

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/01/31/debate-public-funds-help-bureaucrats-while-hurting-artists/#ixzz1D1PMSGPj

QUESTION:

If the arts enlighten the soul, and, if entrepreneurs can get people to freely pay for what they produce, then why not create a partnership with entrepreneurs and artists to create sustainability in our Canadian “Arts and Culture”?

I think this should and must be the next dialogue/debate (if you will), that will lead to long lasting sustainability in the lucrative “Arts and Culture” sector in Canada.

Anyone up for this dialogue/debate on sustainability in our “Arts and Culture” sector in Canada?

Please also see my post: “SUSTAINABLE CULTURE IS THE NEW FRONTIER ISN’T IT?” http://bit.ly/g4k16C

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