The Future of Financing the Arts: An Interview with Adam Huttler of Fractured Atlas

"We must abandon the notion that a strong arts policy begins and ends with public funding."

"The NEA's [National Endowment for the Arts] budget, did it go up or down this year? It's the simplest, most glaring metric out there, and it's a little reductionist," says Adam Huttler, the founder and executive director of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization that provides financial, logistical, and technological support for arts and culture.

Earlier this year, Huttler participated in a debate at The Economist, where he argued, "We must also abandon the notion that a strong arts policy begins and ends with public funding." Huttler spoke with Reason TV's Kennedy about how tax deductions for donations to the arts "dwarfs" NEA funding, and how "scrappy, DIY (do-it-yourself)" arts organizations are "breaking away from a lot of the old models of funding and support" with relatively new methods like crowdfunding and fiscal sponsorship.

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  • Pro Libertate||

    Huttler? That was originally Hitler, wasn't it?

  • ||

    Ooh, planning a little excursion, are we, Mr. Huttler?

  • Pro Libertate||

    I bet he's from Minehead.

  • WTF||

    I don't like the sound of them there boncentration bamps.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, yes, Britischer pals, he is wunderbar...ful. So.

  • Delroy||

    I think he's got beautiful legs!

  • Almanian.||

    I've suffered for my art. Now it's your turn.

  • Mongo||

    Never heard of you.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Why we even think we need public financing of art is beyond me. We're the richest society in history, so I think we can cough up enough money to produce some artistic works. Incidentally, the quality might be a little better that way, too.

  • Knoss||

    I think arts education is important, and may have been underplayed compared to the sciences. The problem however, is that our lack of school choice means that education can not be tailored to a child's interests, so we do not have the choice of putting children in more science based programs or arts based programs or other interest based programs.

  • شات عراقنا||

    thank you

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