Did you know that Kickstarter expects to provide more funding to the arts this year than the NEA? If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a website artists can go to to request funding for projects. Usually, in exchange for your donation, you can select from a menu of stuff – kind of like those public broadcasting pledge drives, but the stuff is much cooler. And there are other, similar, websites operating as well.
So, er, why do we have the NEA? I’ve thought for a long time that it’s irrelevant, but on a dollar basis, it seems private models are more effective. I know, I know, artists who are too lazy to run a Kickstarter campaign will be said to “lack access.” And there will be artists who’s work will be so commercially unappealing they won’t do well via Kickstarter (though I believe in art as in love, there’s someone for everyone) but I say, what makes government bureaucrats better at picking artists than random Americans?
Down with the NEA!