Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Do we need a Culture Czar?

Posted by William and Susanne Waites of Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink, TribalWorks and ZuniLink, under Tribal Art

Culture Grrl
Lee Rosenbaum, who blogs as the Culture Grrl and comments on the culture and arts scene, has posted a message expressing disfavor with the concept of a Federal Government culture czar. Frankly, we agree with her.

The government has no business "czar-ing" art and culture. If they can tell us what good art is, they can tell us what bad art is. We fervently believe that judgement is best made by the audience as individuals. Keep the politics out of it.

We've captured an opening paragraph Lee's blog. There is a link to continue at the end.

I've got nothing against better coordination among government programs involving the arts and humanities. Regular meetings of representatives from the relevant offices and agencies could foment creative synergies. Perhaps a White House official with advisory, not managerial, responsibilities could help facilitate this without inserting what we emphatically DON'T need---an extra layer of bureaucratic control over our nation's cultural activity.

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Brad Christopher said...

I agree, one thing we don't need is some Government Official telling us what art is good and what art is bad. besides what the cost would be to taxpayers for that officials salary. I couldn't even imagine going to an fine art auction and having it overseen by an Official from the Government. :(

1Hope said...

On one hand its good that this administration wants to put focus back onto culture and the arts along with the sciences. I think our government and society as a whole needs to figure out how to encourage and nurture our creative class as it gains power and galvanize the potential for incredible positive change. art and design should be at the forefront of this change or the catalyst for it.
however, i don't agree that some sort of art czar is the way to go about things. the government should encourage and support art and design but not have authority to tell us what is good and what is bad. how can the gov't make judgement calls like that? they can't. bureacracy and art aren't good bed fellows. the art czar idea needs to go.