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September 15, 2008

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RVCBard

I don't know.

I think we need to consider issues and strategies for a worst case scenario - complete lack of government funding. If this possibility became a reality, how will we have to adapt to ensure that art thrives? What will the arts scene look like? Who will make art? Who will they represent? Who will become part of the larger cultural landscape? How will this support or undermine the greatest values of our society? Is this necessarily a Doomsday situation? Why or why not? What can we do right now to draw on the benefits of such a scenario while limiting the drawbacks? Which is better as far as government funding goes: a half-hearted, lip-service commitment, or none at all? How can we empower ourselves to make the art we want and the world needs (even if it doesn't say so)? Are there other viable options besides commercialized theater or charity drama?

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