Thursday, December 15, 2005

You spent $300,210 on art, did you realize it?

The Regional Arts & Culture CouncilAwards $300,210 in Grants
Seventy-six artists and arts organizations in the Portland metropolitan area have received funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for projects to occur in 2006.

About RACC:
RACC is funded in part by local, regional, state and federal governments to provide grants to artists and operating support to art organizations in the tri-county region.


When you went to work today did you think "I sure am glad that I'm working hard so that my local government can buy this piece of crap."



And you may not be sophisticated enought to realize it, but his is quality art. It's title: Whirlymajig.

The RACC, with a straight face, says it's a "sculpture" that was paid for by the "percent for art" program.

12 comments:

Allen said...

But Daniel, RACC is funded in part by local, regional, state and federal governments.

Its not our money, its government money.

Pero Daniel, RACC se financia en parte por local, regional, el estado y el gobiernos federal.

Su no nuestro dinero, su dinero del gobierno.

Robin said...

yea, we have this stupid looking funnel thing that cost $90,000 in Springfield at the LTD bus station, and what was salt in the wounds... is this was announced when LTD was on strike asking for more money.

their claim is that it was federal money, wrong! It is still OUR money and another demonstration of how irresponsible that government is with our money especially during times when money is really tight.

Daniel said...

So are you guys happy with your purchases?

Anonymous said...

A great example of "art" if somone can post a picture of it, is at the new unopen county jail in PDX.

I think the bill may have been 100k.

Anonymous said...

I love public art and would pay twice as much in taxes to support it. It makes me think, it makes me proud to live here. I can't help it if you "don't get it."

Brian B said...

Actually, I like the funnel sculpture at the Springfield LTD station. I think it's pretty. But

The Cheezer said...

$300,210 would feed a lot of homeless. Could help pay a lot of utility bills. could support a few recovery programs...
Thats a lot of money that could support those causes the liberals are always bitching about being cut.
We can have crap "art" or another cop on the street.

Anonymous said...

"I love public art and would pay twice as much in taxes to support it. It makes me think, it makes me proud to live here. I can't help it if you "don't get it."

This is indicative of the liberal mind set. They'd rather go out and buy a big screen TV instead if feed their own children. And why not? Most of 'em are on welfare.

peod in Oregon said...

Dear anonymous, spoken like a true non-taxpayer. Probably on public assistance the starving artist type. If you have to con (tax) public into paying for your crap, maybe it doesn't merit exibit.
True art that I would support is making intelligent use of our tax monies for protection, education, and health services.

Daniel said...

I love public art and would pay twice as much in taxes to support it.

Then you should be willing to give private money to support it. That's the beauty of America, we can all choose what we spend our money on. What I'm opposing is that government forces me to spend money on something that I don't like.

Would you be willing to spend tax money on a public paintball gun arena? I'm sure that some people would enjoy that.

Sailor Republica said...

>I love public art and would pay twice as much in taxes to support it. It makes me think, it makes me proud to live here. I can't help it if you "don't get it."

Good, then you can pay it for me. I'll send you the bill, you freeloader.

Anonymous said...

I love public and private art to. I'd pay twice as much for - I just wouln't mandate that YOU must pay twice as much with me.

I want our state to prioritze spending damn it. When schools, prisons and police are supposedly under funded I want to know where in the state budget this got through.