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Re: [BKARTS] Secretary of Arts Petition

I guess my concern is that if there is a 'Minister for the Arts' even if not as the 'official' arbiter of public art or public aesthetics, might that not discourage the true democracy of the arts as it currently exists here?

Kathy G

On Jan 14, 2009, at 12:50 PM, Paul T Werner wrote:

Useful, how? You seem to be saying that a "Secretary for the Arts" would be able to bring in the bacon for artists like yourself, the way the Secretary of the Treasury brings in money for Wall Street speculators. I'm still waiting for a convincing case that direct Government handouts to artists like yourself (or handouts to Wall Street speculators for that matter), are necessary to sustain the Economy as a whole, and if so, I'd like to hear in what way direct Government involvement would offer a substantial improvement over "the system" as it is now. Not to mention some kind of discussion of the possible drawbacks of Government involvement, political, economic or aesthetic.

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