There is a great article in today’s Globe and Mail by Russel Smith called “Extra! Extra! The arts don’t matter!”
He talks about the recent arts cuts, how they likely won’t become an election issue, although they should, and generally laments Canada’s lack of support of the arts.
Most people are simply unaware of the importance of culture in diplomacy and for international reputation – unaware that it might perhaps be a problem if Canada is simply not on the radar of powerful people in Berlin and Tokyo and Dubai, and that culture is a powerful symbol of a nation’s identity.
These things are difficult to explain and even harder to measure.
I recommend checking it out.