Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The arts in crisis


Hilary Robinson
Lynn Zelevansky
...recently, at an Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) meeting, I learned that the threat of a tiered system is real. In an overhaul of the tax code that could come before the end of 2012, museums could lose their tax-exempt status or see it radically reduced. This would be devastating, gravely curtailing our capacity to function at the highest level.

Today in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Qatar, celebrity architects are building museums to help lure the shapers of a 21st-century world economy. Other countries are taking the initiative we took 100 years ago, while we regress. We can’t allow this to happen. Too often defined by others, our field must begin to craft our own public image, and we must act now. - Inside the Museum with Director Lynn Zelevansky

Hilary Robinson - How to act for the arts.
So, next time you see that the arts in schools are under threat, or hear that the state is cutting funding for the arts, or you hear someone say that the arts are elitist, please remember the fact and figures above, and argue for support for the arts. Sign the petition to the state representatives, and phone the superintendent's office. We all benefit from everyone having access to the arts.

Hilary Robinson is Professor of Art Theory and Criticism at Carnegie Mellon. She is the former Dean of the College of Fine Arts, and is on the boards of five Pittsburgh not-for-profit arts organizations.

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