Today’s article represents a particular stream of instrumental thinking about the arts. . . the assertion that arts activity has a key role to play in economic development, expansion, and vitality. There are typically a couple of challenges: (1) measuring arts activity and monetary exchange in a particular and discrete way, and, (2) the assertion of some — on the political right and left — that it would be best to keep government out of arts funding and support. On the right, the concern is unnecessary government expansion, and, on the left, worries that government support of the art inevitably means the imposition of government taste or a dumbing down of public creativity.
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