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June 3, 2010

Often we are asked by our academic administration and others to justify support for the arts at our institutions.  It is difficult to quantify successes in the arts and yet, if we did not believe passionately that it has great value, what reason would we have to continue creating art?   With graduation ceremonies still fresh in our memory, students are already lamenting leaving the artistic womb that has nurtured and shaped them.   They seem to understand that their four years here has been a unique experience that has formed their lives in ways they cannot even begin to fully comprehend or express.  They have been shown a means to happiness and fulfillment  that does not depend upon materialism for success; a model of business whose focus does not have to be profits;  a way to make connecting to human kind that  is greater than e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.  I am fortunate enough to be a professional artist and academic and plan to spend my lifetime enjoying creative endeavors.

Still, many of you are under attack by your institutions and your creative arts need justification.  Here is some help.  Harvard University created a task force a couple of years ago to examine their arts on campus.  Their arguments for expanding the arts, even in a time of financial crisis, are eloquently stated.   Perhaps some of their ideas will help you frame your own arguments as you discuss these issues with your administration.

http://www.provost.harvard.edu/reports/ArtsTaskForce-Report_12-10-08.pdf

If others of you know more resources of this nature, please send them along.

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Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
Buddha

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  1. June 7, 2010 1:31 pm

    More resources:
    Americans for the Arts
    http://www.artsusa.org/
    includes information, advocacy and other information for the arts.

    Also, see their arts blog at
    http://blog.artsusa.org/

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