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The arts community in Michigan is still elated that the .2 mill passed in three large Detroit-area counties. Yesterday’s voter booth success definitely helps to ensure a more financially secure Detroit Institue of Arts, but you can be assured that its passage wasn’t because of some innate sense of arts patronage among Michiganders but a victory based on educating voters about the facts.
ArtsServe Michigan published the above infographic on Facebook and it shows why arts funding works. Every dollar invested into the state’s arts economy yields an incredible return.
This “it makes sense financially” tact is sure to win in the future if the arts community continues to drive home that arts grants are an investment. Rather than pump money into corporations that farm out jobs, often out of state or elsewhere, why not invest local and still get a great return? While many in the arts community hate to think of culture in a “bottom line” sort of way, there is no other alternative when voters are weighing limited public funds against other economic choices.
A year ago, Governor Sam Brownback employed his line-item veto authority to shut down the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state to eliminate arts funding from its budget. The Republican governor argued that art isn’t a core function of government, and described it as a luxury the state could no longer afford.
This year Brownback quietly reversed course. He proposed the creation of a new “Creative Arts Industries Commission” that would focus on the potential of the arts and creative industries such as graphic design and architecture to help the state’s economy.
The former panels, removed in 2017, featured images dedicated to Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.
One researcher, Jürgen Schick, estimated that over half of the region’s historical artworks have been stolen.
The Morgan Library & Museum Presents Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South
This exhibition celebrates the Morgan’s recent acquisition of drawings by Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young.
The visual arts institution and educational center is located in the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
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Part of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the Art Preserve also functions as a curated collection facility and is filled with immersive installations.