The arts need help in hard times

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

The arts are a fun­da­men­tal part of our cul­ture. How­ever, the arts and mu­sic have never been self-suf­fi­cient, they need pa­tron­age to sur­vive.

While I to­tally un­der­stand economies are un­der pres­sure and fi­nances can be tight, times of eco­nomic cri­sis are the very times that artists need to be sup­ported.

The arts can be seen by some, par­tic­u­larly around bud­get sea­son, as a mis­al­lo­ca­tion and un­nec­es­sary di­vi­sion of re­sources. I ask those peo­ple to imag­ine a world with­out art, with­out mu­sic, with­out books.

Do we re­ally want to be the gen­er­a­tion that misses out on con­tribut­ing to Ir­ish cul­ture in this way?

Gavin Bren­nan Clon­tarf, Dublin 3

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