Selling Culture as an Economic Force

That’s the headline from yesterday’s Times article which recounts how arts-friendly members of the House and Senate struggled to secure arts funding in the new economic-stimulus bill when things looked bleakest: Though the original House version of the bill included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Senate version approved no arts dollars whatsoever, and as of February 6th, the Senate had even voted for an amendment specifically denying any stimulus money for museums, arts centers and theaters. But in a fortunate turn of events, supporters like Representative Louise M. Slaughter and Nancy Pelosi were able to convince a House-Senate conference committee that the arts do, in fact, provide jobs and stimulate the economy. Arts groups backed them up with figures asserting that the arts contribute 6 million jobs, $30 billion in tax revenue and $166 billion in annual economic impact.

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One Response to Selling Culture as an Economic Force

  1. Arts can contribute to economic development, however subsidy only serves to increase poverty among individual artists.

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