Arts Patrons for the Twenty-First Century

  • September 30, 2013
  • By a2ru      
In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, author Lawrence Biemiller calls university support for the arts “critical to the survival of whole sectors of what we think of as culture.”


 

Spending several days at Michigan universities, Chronicle reporter Lawrence Biemiller uncovers the vast importance of universities to the arts in America. Besides providing access to live performance at little or no cost for hundreds of thousands of Americans, Biemiller writes, “American higher education provides faculty positions for tens of thousands of artists of all kinds who otherwise would find almost no work in their fields, and who remain creative thanks to institutions that reward them with studio space, exhibitions and performances, and promotions. Michigan alone has 1,600 college teaching jobs in art, drama, and music, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics; the nation as a whole has more than 90,000.”

Link to Full Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education