The Cost of Creativity
And because Artpod is about all things Michigan, all the music you'll hear on The Cost of Creativity is by Michigan artists. The musicians featured on today's podcast: Ben Benjamin and Luke Winslow-King.
Arts & the economy
Funding for the arts in Michigan was $26 million a decade ago. Today, it's $2.5 million. As a comparison: Michigan taxpayers will spend more on prisons in 11 hours than they spend on arts and culture in the entire year.
But some arts advocates say the arts can play a big role in helping Michigan move forward.
Over the past year, Kyle Norris and I traveled the state and talked with people who have creative solutions for how to turn things around in Michigan.
Like painter Bill Hosner who used his talents to start a college scholarship fund:
"Most of them were living semester to semester. And they were working hard, sometimes another job or two jobs. And it was only natural for me to then say: How can I help?"
Or Pat Conlon, who turned to the arts as a way to deal with money problems:
"No matter what’s going on in your life, when you’re playing music nothing else is in your head. It’s like a great big tranquilizer for a lot of us...just plain fun!"
Tune into next week's podcast for the 2nd installment of The Cost of Creativity!