File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 193

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 14:47:59 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] survival tips

 >Jim, let me understand this.  You think that the Joffrey Ballet,
  .... etc.,
 >- all of which receive public funding - are just vanities that serve to feed
 >the artists' inflated egos?  Please explain.

Let me jump in with something I wrote in a private reply I sent to a 
member of the list. (I was concerned that we were too far off the 
puppetry topic, but I do welcome some of this discussion)

If a particular artist cannot get support directly from his fellow 
citizen, either their art is not worth it, or in the case of a 
talented artist, they have failed to educate the public about the 
value of their art.

I am part of an organization called Keystone Evangelical Free 
Church.  With our membership of a few hundred, we manage to have a 
property and keep a full time staff of 4. We also host artistic 
performances, and encourage youth participation. None of this 
involves money from the government.

If any of the artists you mentioned couldn't raise enough support for 
their work without government money, then there is a problem with their work.

Another significant issue with government funding is that the 
government must pick and choose what to fund.  One of the issues 
mentioned with the PBS funding cut was a political bias of PBS 
against the current administration. To the extent that PBS is 
dependent upon the government, the government has control of PBS and 
can choose to withdraw their support as they wish.

Joe Dunfee
Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.  

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