We’ve agreed to address this topic–long on the “docket”–next week. For our purposes, “Art” means the “Arts”–without limit to form.
From my perspective, I think the most interesting discussion will be around who should pay for artistic works and to whom should these works be available. The answer will obviously be a mix of several sources and venues, but I’m thinking:
- How do we feel about private collections (i.e., privately owned and not available to the public)?
- Under what circumstances should public funds be used to “support the arts?” Or should art intended for public display rely on private “patrons?”
- Should public support be conditioned, in some way, on content? (I’m thinking of some of the controversial shows that have been (?) displayed in public spaces.)
- How do we evaluate (and quantify) the benefit of art on society, etc. (the general welfare)?
Feel free to add a comment if you come across a good source for us to review before Monday’s discussion.