Ed Lazere: Why Should Government Support the Arts?






Public support for the arts is important because governments should engage in activities that improve the quality of life in their communities, particularly by supporting things that the private market might not otherwise provide. Just as public libraries ensure that all residents have access to books — and that everyone has access to more books than if they had to rely on personal collections — public support for the arts can make sure that all residents have access to arts that enrich their lives. Supporting the arts means placing art in public places, supporting individual artists and arts organizations, holding community arts events, and enhancing arts education. It’s especially important that public support for the arts bring arts and arts education to poor communities and other communities least likely to otherwise have such access.

Ed Lazere is the Policy Director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

To see the opening post in this series, and additional responses, click here.

Bourgeon’s mission, through our online publication and community initiatives, is twofold: to increase participation in the arts and to improve access to the arts. Bourgeon is a project of the not-for-profit Day Eight.
Share this


Two Poems by Casey Catherine Moore

Calliope Teaches Me How to Write It’s dusk, and these hallowed groundsare motionless and silentOrange radiates from the horizon,and the oak trees loom like shadowsof...

Joan, Bob and Ginsberg by Anant Dhavale

Joan, Bob, and Ginsberg If you had known Joan and Bob you would have said they were such crazies - her hauntingly beautiful voice his wildly cataclysmic fantasies...

Three Poems by Lenny Liane

Little Creatures The teacher who looked ancientto her circle of first gradersleaned forward and explained that the typical lightning bugwas simply the twinklein an angel’s eye,...

Recent articles

More like this


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here