The following post is from our friends at Americans for the Arts.
It’s time to stop apologizing for the arts. But that’s what many of us have been forced to do. Our role as arts advocates has turned us into “arts apologists.” Think of it – how many times have you said, “I’m sorry to have to ask you again, but can we count on your support for our program?” It’s like rooting for the team that no one else cheers for – you know that they’re mired in scandal or they’re just downright bad, but they’re your team. Therefore, you root for them anyway, and then you find an excuse to do so. “I know, but I grew up there,” or “I know, but they’re just so good it’s hard not to cheer them on.” In a way, our arts advocacy has become a game of arts apology.