Should the Arts Stand on its Own Two Feet (in Toronto)

Art is both personal and emotional – a pure representation of an artist’s vision. It’s rewarding intellectually, but rarely financially. For decades, federal and provincial governments have provided funding for arts programs, theatre and museums, but in recent years, these funds have dried up. Critics say that the Arts are a luxury and their funding should be cut ahead of more practical spending. Supporters argue that art nourishes the soul and should be protected as a right. And there is a third perspective that says that the strings that come attached to government funding lead to a loss of artistic control. Does society receive a return on its investment or does the arts community need to start finding alternative funding sources?