Decision time on the arts

On Sunday, Juneau Empire columnist Ben Brown, makes a good pitch for an array of arts and artists. It represents a what’s happening for the coming summer in Juneau, as well as, in a couple of other communities in southeast.

From his vantage point as Chairman of the Alaska State Council on the Arts he can see with a degree of oversight that others may lack. He can watch the unfolding of Alaska’s federal monies flowing — via funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. That’s excellent! But what he didn’t mention was the fact that the National Endowment for the Arts is being whip-sawed big time by his very own party and by the feds, as well. Plus, a radically-controlled Republican House wants to do away with National Public Radio along with some real honest news reporting from Amy Goodman. Also threatened is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — wow! Just think — no more Masterpiece Theater, or Nature, or Nova, or Frontline or Independent Lens!

O.M.G. — what is happening here? Brown suggests that these are “...tough times facing our country...” and we should expect cuts. Well, Ben — I have quite a different take on “tough times” which is: we can’t fund wars, the Pentagon, bail-out Wall Street, the mega-banks and big oil, too — and then, expect to be funding lots of good art, good food and promoting the concept of peace and love at the same time!

So what’s it going to be folks?

Alan R. Munro

Juneau

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