Arts help economy, supporters say as Carcieri considers spending cuts | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal

9 Feb

Arts help economy, supporters say as Carcieri considers spending cuts | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal.

This is a bitter argument being waged in many places at present.  The right-wing Carcieri administration is advocating cutting the entire budget of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.  The above article makes a persuasive case for the economic benefits (as well as quality-of-life aspects) for having a vibrant arts scene in Providence and RI.

I mean really, what’s to like about living in a cold, depressed, city with high taxes if not for its other qualities–great food, diverse population, small enough to have character, some great universities and colleges, and a strong creative and artistic life?  In McMall America, cities like Providence are oases of particularity.  They have character and specificity.  You may not like the many maddening things about a small town that used to be a Mafia center and has an ex-Mayor who imagined “the Venice of New England” (and then went to jail for four years for embezzlement)… but it’s SOMEWHERE and the arts scene, with its wide-ranging community involvement, is a big part of that.

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