Monday, October 19, 2009
In a story posted on October 13, the LA Times noted the continuing discussion about whether government support to museums during these difficult economic times is appropriate or wasteful. A couple of legislators, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) and John Campbell (R-Irving) are quoted for opposition to any government spending for museums. Rep. Campbell says that supporting a local museum project is like "supporting a charity" and that his constituents did not elect him to give money to charity. In contrast, Ford Bell, the president of the American Association of Museums talked about all the ways museums enrich the community: "as educators, as stewards of history and culture, and as economic engines." The article focuses on projects funded as part of the last transportation bill, and notes that the next bill will likely contain many fewer projects.