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Participation and funding

An interesting David Edgar led debate on the public funding of the arts in the Guardian last week ...
"Almost all the documented social benefits of the arts have been achieved not by people attending plays and concerts but by those who participate in them. And while many publicly funded arts organisations have participatory programmes, most public money still goes to subsidise people sitting or standing silently looking at other people do things (or, in the case of books and pictures, things they've done). Unless the current balance of arts funding between – say – the London Symphony Orchestra and Burnley Youth Theatre is to be reversed, most public funding will continue to go to activities whose value is hardest to measure."
Well participation is us!

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