Why Should Government Support the Arts?
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Fundamental to any democracy are questions about the role of government and how the public sector should support the well-being of its people. Sometimes those discussions turn to the role of the arts:

  • Should government fund the arts?

  • Why can't the private sector pick up the costs?

  • Who benefits from public arts support?

  • Aren't there more pressing priorities for government than the arts?

Designed for public arts leaders and advocates, Why Should Government Support the Arts? answers these questions. This policy brief invites conversation about the value of the arts to American communities and includes extensive research citations to support fact based debate.

NASAA encourages broad use and adaptation of this resource. A Microsoft Word version is available upon request to make it easy for you to borrow from the text. Add your own examples that bring to life the many ways in which the arts benefit your state.

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