Are the arts a worthwhile investment for our government? Should the creation of jobs in the arts be just as important as construction and Wall Street jobs?
Chris Jones, theater critic of the Chicago Tribune, recently wrote an impassioned essay arguing that the arts should be included in the current stimulus package being debated to death in D.C.
Jones makes the case that cities like New York and Chicago vitally depend on culture to attract tourists (and that cities like Cleveland need the arts just to get anybody to come). Given the economic impact of cultural events (taking into account hotel, restaurant, bar and other services), it's a pretty thought-provoking piece that makes me wonder why the city of Cincinnati hasn't invested more in the arts here at home.