Why should there be public funding for arts and culture? This is a question perhaps only asked by those wild-eyed folk who don’t like taxes in any form. A more common question in today’s climate is, can we afford such support? And the simple answer is, we can’t afford not to. When has there ever not been public funding of the arts in some form? Moreover, why would a government – whether a Renaissance principality or a modern democracy – fund the arts unless it understood the clear benefits of doing so?

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