I was recently asked by a major biz leader for “10 reasons to support the arts.”
He needed the points to help him pull an 8-figure inve$tment for a new arts center…Make it compelling to government and business leaders, he asked.
Oh, yeah, he’s a busy guy—didn’t want a lot to read: “Keep it to one page, please.”
So, apart from the 10-1 flip (and with apologies to David Letterman), this is what I delivered:
10. True prosperity…The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. They help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, the arts are salve for the ache.
9. Stronger communities…University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates. A vibrant arts community ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture and tabloid marketplace. Read the rest of this entry »