Rhode Island Might Get a Lot Less Artsy
Like most states, Rhode Island is in a budget crunch. One partial solution, proposed by legislators last week, is a cap on art for public ...
Like most states, Rhode Island is in a budget crunch. One partial solution, proposed by legislators last week, is a cap on art for public buildings.
As the Providence Journal says, the proposal was spurred in part by a few high-profile, high-ticket items:
First there were the $84,000 neon lights on the side of the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Then there was the $100,000 recording of birds chirping outside the new Kent County Courthouse.
And who can forget the proposed $500,000 cloud machine that would have floated into the terminal at T.F. Green Airport years back?
Of course the argument against the proposed cap is pretty obvious -- public art is about civic pride, opening residents' minds to new ideas, etc.
But it's a little hard to argue that the state should continue funding art at the expense of, say, teacher salary raises or state trooper staffing.
Still -- cap or no cap -- can we please find some way to fund that cloud machine? How freaking cool would that be??
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.