Can’t recommend this piece by long time ACT managing director Susan Trapnell enough. She really drives home the two points that we’ve been working on in terms of arts & culture: 1) that access to these opportunities for all Puget Sound residents is important and 2) that the public sector needs to step up to make this happen:
Philanthropy in American cannot address the issues of excellence and access in the arts if the public sector doesn’t become a much more significant player. As of now, it is the philanthropists who are making it possible for the public to afford the arts at all. But the private sector has private interests and will never replace the broader social interest that the public sector should address.
Bring on the Cultural Access Fund!