In an era of austerity, reasons to fund the arts: Article from The Art Newspaper

Culture is a social language that we would be dumb without
It is 70 years since a British government last had to take the arts seriously. In December 1939, in a world darkened by war, winter and blackout, a small group of civil servants and educators met to discuss the crisis in the arts. Great museums and galleries were empty, their contents packed off to safety from bombing. The theatres were shut, orchestras about to disband. The committee agreed that it was essential “to show publicly and unmistakably that the Government cares about the cultural life of the country. This country is supposed to be fighting for civilisation.”

The rest of this article can be read by clicking here: The Art Newspaper

The writer is professor of cultural policy and leadership studies at City University London

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