I’m not going to comment on the reasons for the millage or its merits from an arts management perspective-please check out Diane Ragsdale’s excellent post for a round-up of commentary and some hard-hitting opinions about the big picture. The LifeCycles Project Society, a local non-profit group, was contracted to collect data and create an inventory, as well as prepare a draft report that identified opportunities and gaps in Victoria’s current arts and cultural community and made recommendations for future priorities.
On the Move and the Asia Europe Foundation provide a series of ‘ Mobility Funding Guides ‘ for artists and arts professionals on their website. The arts are a good to be purchased: Therefore, most assume that the arts should succeed or fail, as any product does in the marketplace, based on what people want to purchase.
A company that has the basis of focusing on different learning styles is Links for Learning, -. This company understands the importance of incorporating arts into the classroom. Think about Shakespeare, all the museums and galleries, the tombs of dead poets and writers in buildings such as Westminster Abbey – they all have a link to the arts.
The teacher also had the students write a poem using words they felt while they, the snowflakes, were falling to the ground (Jacobs, 1999, p.2). The motivational powers of the arts are significant as this teacher explained, Hooking a kid is half, if not more than half, the battle of learning.
At a time when the Culture Wars have been revived in Washington, and President Trump proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, we welcome and appreciate this leadership in showing that arts and culture are public goods worthy of state investment.