Category: Arts

Trump wanted to cut arts funding. Instead, the spending bill he signed gives it a boost.

WE NEED THE ARTS NOW MORE THAN EVER
President Trump has shown he has a very particular dislike of criticism and dissent. He has repeatedly belittled his critics — and, accusers — while failing to answer their criticisms. His administration has, similarly, taken to hiding behind accusations of fake news in order to delegitimize his critics. Trump is, in a very real sense, the worst qualities of the classic internet critic distilled into presidential form.

The arts offer a means of countering this with the very best of what our connectedness can bring: elevating minority voices, fostering outsider thinking, providing careful deliberation of difficult subjects, and, perhaps most important in these divisive times, the arts allow us to meditate on the basic truths of our lives today.

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