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While I agree with your argument that the country doesn't do enough to support the arts, I think you're going too far when you say there are no artists. I know a lot of them that are writing, still doing it in shacks on the Cape (provided by Provincetown Arts), or on an island off the coast of maine (Frontier Arts), or somewhere else in New England (Bennington Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell). Heck, I once found a berth at the Fundacion Valparaiso for a while in Mojacar, Spain, right on the Mediterranean. They gave me a room, fed me, cleaned my clothes, provided lots of wine, and refused to allow any electronic media on the premises. It was wonderful, and I shared that experience with a Nigerian painter, a Bosnian Muslim printmaker, an American poet, a Mexican dancer, and others from Europe. There are still lots of possibilities out there for painters, writers, poets. It's not entirely bleak. I think the American arts scene is still pretty vibrant. In Rochester, NY, near where I live, the students graduate the great music school they have there and quite a few of them are them hosted by community arts programs. One group, Jazz musicians, joined up to make a fusion band out of Jazz, Math Rock and a few surprising twists of their own. A local university gave them free room & boarding in return for a concert on campus every Friday night.

In my local community of Buffalo, there is so much to do in terms of the local arts that one could literally go to three events every night of the week. There are even 6 nationally recognized reading series here that bring writers in from all over the world.

by Upstate NY on Wed Aug 9th, 2006 at 07:19:53 PM EST
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