No, Really, How Important ARE the Arts? - Perspectives No. 370
No, Really, How
Important ARE the Arts?
In our four decades plus of art-making activities, we have occasionally encountered folks with skeptical attitudes toward artists and the arts in general. This is especially so when the discussion revolves around the NEA or any public arts funding. The question whether art is really as important to or necessary for the public welfare compared to other economic activities is always the lead topic. We don’t take the comments personally—rather, we see these objections as an opportunity to educate. As artists, we must always be ready with the facts and willing to engage in conversations about the contributions of artists to the general well-being, both economic and spiritual, of the societies in which we live. The statistics below give any artist plenty of ammunition to counter these negative stereotypes of artists and the arts. Enjoy.
Courtesy Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
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