that government thing again
Post #622 • September 12, 2005, 7:16 AM • 103 Comments
This afternoon I will take part in a conversation hosted by our main local government arts office. The invitation says, "We would like this to be an informal discussion during which we can be candid about issues and challenges facing the individual artist based in Miami-Dade County." They haven't opened this to the public, exactly, but you have my ear: What shall I bring to them?
I go back and forth on this continually. I have a mild libertarian streak that prefers, in theory, that the government not have any involvement in the arts to the prospect that their ability to hand out money in essence tells the public what to like. But in practice, I write a pretty mean grant and continue to seek public support, although the brass ring down here, the $15,000 Consortium award, eludes me, and seems to select against self-identified painters in Miami-Dade county anyway. Given the infrequency that I feel compelled to visit the museums down here, I suspect that they would founder without government support, and I attribute that partly to institutional tastes that they can justify theoretically but not aesthetically. My own gallery has almost no involvement with the local museums, contrary to the career arcs of many of the artists; we're doing pretty well, thanks, just not here. My tax money is no less green than anyone else's and I'd like to see my taste reflected at the museum more than twice a year.