Debating Government Arts Funding

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Debating Government Arts Funding

As the showdown over averting the "fiscal cliff" heats up, funding for the arts isnt making headlines. But arts organizations fear big cuts, while conservatives hope to make their case for the separation of art and state. We explore the future of public arts funding.

The recent presidential election re-ignited the debate over government arts funding, including for the National Endowment for the Arts and public broadcasting. As the showdown over how to avoid going over the "fiscal cliff" heats up, the relatively small allocation for cultural programs isn't making headlines. But many arts organizations are concerned about cuts, while conservatives hope to make a case for the separation of art and state. We explore the future of public arts funding.

Guests

David Boaz

Executive Vice-President, The CATO Institute

Jonathan Katz

CEO, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Sarah Dovere

Director of Development, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

Yancey Strickler

Head of Community and Co-founder, Kickstarter

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