Ignoring arts infrastructure
May 7, 2009 by CMC
There is lots of news these days about the arts sector–music community included–being hit hard by the economic downturn due to artists failing to make their case with lawmakers, structural budget deficits, lack of policy planning, and a host of other causes. This post in Gapersblock today makes the straight forward but all-too-often underappreciated point that “starving the arts makes little sense because art is important, not just culturally, but economically.” Much like transportation infrastructure is vital to our national success and future ability to compete globally (and bridges collapsing in Minnesota is a glaring symptom of ignoring that), so to is our arts infrastructure. There are too many “collapsing bridges” in the arts communities these days.
CMC is glad advocates like Illinois Arts Alliance are working to prioritize these arts infrastructure, and arts funding, as our new governments in Washington and in Springfield push us through this economic storm.