Dec 9, 2013
The judge in the case of Detroit’s bankruptcy said that an art museum was “not an essential service.” He was speaking of changes and sales and fees and cuts that might happen in Detroit as a result of the bankruptcy ruling.
What’s true about art or music or culture is that the rulers of the country, and their families, have all the access they want. If they desire art or music or culture in any form, they have the money to go around the world, to see the finest monuments or paintings, to look at lost wonders, to hear any artist sing or play in any style at any time.
So public museums and art may not be essential for them, but it is part of what makes us human beings. It is essential that those living in this society learn from what was best in other societies and times. That’s what art or culture in the widest sense does.
That makes it essential for us – something worth fighting to keep.