Sunday, August 03, 2008
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THIS JUST IN - The two biggest issues plaguing our fine city - the off the chart murder rate and sky-high property taxes - have just been solved. How you ask? The mayor intends to phase out the entire $1.5 million in funding it provides for cultural education and outreach. IUPUI political science professor Brian Vargus had the most entertaining line in this IBJ article: “Oliver Wendell Holmes said taxes are the price we pay for civilization. Ballard’s [idea of] civilization is some kind of Marine Corps." The following was also taken from the IBJ:
The Arts Council of Indianapolis, which has studied the impact of not-forprofit cultural organizations, puts their annual contribution to the Indianapolis economy at $468 million and 15,088 jobs.
Cultural leaders consider the $1.5 million Indianapolis spends to pay for arts outreach and education a pittance—but a highly symbolic one.
I couldn't agree more. The outrage shouldn't be that the Mayor wants to cut $1.5 million, we should be outraged that it was ever that low in the first place.
Yet we should be proud that we have done so much with so little. The first of it's kind anywhere Cultural Trail, our public art exhibitions and so much more would not be possible without the support of the many wonderful foundations and corporate partnerships found throughout Indy. And did anyone else attend the free Shakespeare production at White River State Park this weekend? There were so many people they were spilling over the edges. This city wants their arts Mayor Ballard! The least you could do is throw us a bone!
For a more level-headed perspective, make sure to check out the always graceful Urbanophile. And expect much more on this topic here on OtC in the future. Just wanted to get the ball rolling...