Forum Topic: I've been reading articles about major cuts to art funding throughout the United States. For example, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (Democrat) has cut support for the arts from $7.9 million this year to $1 million in 2010. Also, Gov. Jon Corzine (Democrat) chopped $5.2 million from the arts budget in New Jersey-- he suggested that arts funding threatened healthcare funding. My guess is that we will see more of these cuts nationwide until the economy is more stable.
Is it a necessary evil in your opinion? Does it trouble you that funding for the arts has been on the decrease considering that President Obama mentioned the arts as part of his policy during the election? Do you expect that he will defend arts funding? What are your thoughts on public funding of the arts in general?