Arts Funding

October 21, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 39
Is boosting the status of the arts a wise investment?
By Charles S. Clark

Introduction

The arts world has been buoyed by Clinton administration initiatives to promote arts funding and to give the arts a new status in public school curricula. To encourage corporate and foundation giving as well as new state and local support, arts enthusiasts are emphasizing the value of dance, music, theater and fine art as universal communications tools. The arts are also being touted for their ability to stimulate local economies and to build a sense of community in areas beset by social problems. Critics, however, oppose government activism in the arts, especially at a time of federal budget deficits. They see the arts as an elitist luxury best left to the private sector. They also point to continuing scandals over publicly funded art deemed obscene.

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Jan. 22, 1982  Trends in Architecture
Feb. 20, 1981  Criticism and Popular Culture
Aug. 11, 1978  Support of the Arts
Sep. 27, 1974  Museum Boom
Feb. 01, 1974  Black Arts Revival
Nov. 28, 1973  New Directions in Architecture
Oct. 17, 1973  World Art Market
Dec. 25, 1970  Directions of the Dance
Jun. 04, 1969  Movies as Art
Feb. 12, 1969  Regional Theater
Mar. 27, 1968  Art and Antique Frauds
Aug. 28, 1963  Arts and the People
Aug. 02, 1961  Government and the Arts
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
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Deficit, Federal Debt, and Balanced Budget
Elementary and Secondary Education