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Do you feel like the arts are undervalued in society?

Not particularly talking about pop-singers and actors necessarily. Dancers, artists (I include architects in this group), Writers, etc.

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AustinSkepticus 7 Feb 18

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Definitely, and more funding should be available in schools.


Both the Arts and (Basic) Science are undervalued - by that, I mean government should fund it heavily. Arts makes us more human and science helps us understand how the world works. Basic science is not useful in and of itself, but speaks to our humanity. Here's a moving exchange when Robert Wilson try to get funding for a linear accelerator to understand our world. I feel the same for the arts - it helps our humanity.

SENATOR JOHN PASTORE: Is there anything connected with the hopes of this accelerator that in any way involves the security of this country?
ROBERT R. WILSON: No Sir. I don't believe so.
PASTORE: Nothing at all?
WILSON: Nothing at all.
PASTORE: It has no value in that respect?
WILSON: It has only to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture. It has to do with, are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things we really venerate and honor in our country and are patriotic about. It has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to make it worth defending. (Lederman: The God Particle, pp199)

Geoff Level 5 Mar 7, 2018

Most definitely undervalued in this administtration!


In our society we value people giving each other concussions in a barbaric sport, rather than support art and culture.


I developed a long and lasting respect for any and all creative ability based on my total lack.


Art is culture. When you destroy art you destroy culture.


Pop culture and folks striving to be famous while providing no true value to society have hurt the value of the Arts. Being an artist, writer, and the like takes an investment of time and energy to be successful. Too many folks are too lazy and do have an appreciation for the efforts required to create something truly great. People want to be "entertained" not cultured.

Very true. I'm an artist and I see the herd instinct at work!


Celebrities and artists are too vocal in politics. Listen to cracked's last podcast for some examples of why celebrity is a major problem within politics.


Massively, but then their worth cannot be measured in Reaganomics. Yet another sign that the Chicago School fucked it up. They failed completely to capture the value of artistic endeavour.


The arts are definitely undervalued in the U.S. They are always the first thing to be cut out of school budgets. Being born and raised in NYC, even though we were poor, the arts were available to us 50 or 60 years ago. As a kid, I used to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for free. I don't live in New York City anymore, but I'm quite sure the museums are not free anymore. I could go to the Metropolitan Opera as a "standee" for $1.25. I could also go to most Broadway shows as a "standee" for maybe $2.00. I saw some incredible musicals and dramatic plays. In the summer, there would be free concerts in Central Park with major performers. All you had to do was bring a blanket to sit on. I could go on and on. I believe the arts are incredibly important to a society. They open peoples' minds. They allow people to think beyond their daily struggles. As a matter of fact, I even went to college for free in NYC back in the old days. New Yorker's were willing to pay a city income tax so their children could get a higher education, if they had the required entrance grades. The year I graduated college was the last year that city colleges were free. The introduction of young people to literature, art, drama, music and dance stays with them for a lifetime.


Do we insist, consistently, on requiring that our children learn how to make and appreciate art?

Do we insist, consistently, that everyone have free and unfettered access to art?

Are our artists consistently recognized and honored by broader society?

Do our talking heads talk about art?

Can the average citizen in our society name even one period, movement, or school in literature, poetry, visual arts, dance, or music?

There's your answer.


I feel it goes both ways.

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