Philanthropy and the Arts

America is reputed to be the largest funder of artistic endeavor in the World, thanks to the combined resources of government, private, and corporate investment. However, the US lags behind many nations in per capita government investment in the arts. Why? What should the role of the government be? Should we rely on corporate and private philanthropy to celebrate our artistic culture and heritage? James Allen Smith moderates this discussion about the funding of arts in America, focusing on the roles of the private, corporate, and government sectors.

Festival: 2006

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