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A blog about art advocacy for educators
Arts advocates in the US of A may be used to hearing stories of
strong government support for the arts abroad and wondering why
we don’t have that kind of support—especially as Kansas loses their
arts commission and the National Endowment for the Arts continues to be politically contentious despite the miniscule amount
of federal funding it receives. But the arts are suffering abroad as
well, as economies shrink and everyone is looking for places to
scrimp. In the UK, Mark Brown, the Guardian’s arts columnist, is
recording the effects of arts cuts in his Culture Cuts blog. The blog
chronicles the impact of cuts to the Arts Council (the UK’s version
of the NEA) as well as the effects of regional and local arts cuts. It’s
interesting to see the many parallels that are playing out across the
pond as organizations struggle with funding cuts from all sides.
Posted June 22, 2011
Tallying the True Cost of Arts Cuts
One Culture Cuts post really struck my fancy; it’s about the website Lost Arts, which is tallying the “true cost” of public sector arts
cuts in the UK. Lost Arts tracks not only money lost to the arts
and cultural sector (over £ 20 million at the moment), but also the
amount the UK economy has lost due to arts cuts (approaching £ 41
million as this post is published). The site also keeps track of specific programs and organizations that have lost out or folded...
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