Where’s the Money?

by perasyapples

I really need to invest on a new camera.  Cannot be depending on instant Kodak’s to document the happenings at SAHC…  on a different note:

I was invited yesterday to the Sacramento Arts Symposium: “Where’s the Money”, a conversation about innovative ways to bring more money to the Sacramento arts.  Under the “arts” category were included individual artist, art centers, galleries, dance groups, and small theaters, among many more non-profits whose income is solely made on art.

Kim Klein, from Berkeley’s Klein & Roth Consulting, advocated for the use of taxes to help fund and sustain the arts in Sacramento.  She defined the role of the non-profits as being critical in creating and maintaining a democratic society–serving to the common good,–and thus, needed the assistance of public taxes to function, given that taxes are “the mirror of the values of a society”, according to Adam Smith.

We could argue long and heated about the role of non-profits and arts organizations, how they must be funded–if they ever need to be funded–and how these organizations can even define or represent a community as diverse as Sacramento, claiming that they “create, sustain, and preserve culture” (quoting Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts).

Burning questions like these kept coming as I listened to all the speakers.  Finally, I took a long thoughtful look around the room, curious to see the faces of the people who own the arts organizations in Sacramento. Curious to see the people who would “define” art for us.  Curious to see the “producers” and “preservers” of culture.  And curious, of course, to see who will get my tax money for the arts.

I was not surprised.  In a room of nearly 60 people, white people crowded the canvas — females in its majority — , and in its periphery sat a few black women, a Hawaiian lady, Sara Garzon, and Raquel Garcia Del Real.