Pam Breaux: Public & Private Arts Funding Are Better Together

Pam Breaux, CEO of National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, argues that public and private funding are both necessary to fund arts and culture in America:

There is no question as to the public value of the arts and, to be clear, the ongoing debate is not whether the arts have a public benefit, but whether the responsibility to fund the arts should lie with the federal government or private philanthropies. Abundant research points to a clear answer: the private sector alone cannot fund the arts.

Public and private funders have significantly different mandates, and a solely philanthropic arts support model would leave many American communities behind.

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