Why Invest In Arts? Because Of “We The People”

California legislators are deciding whether to eliminate the California Arts Council. The state has a huge budget deficit, but doesn’t the state have a compelling interest in investing in culture, too? “Not as a matter of deciding what pictures get painted, not as a matter of supporting this or that artist, but as a matter of promoting excellence, the ‘common wealth.’ We certainly pay enough lip service to these ideals…”