. . . helping the arts groups left out of hist-rillion-dollar bailout plan.
A few days ago I strongly criticized hawking performing arts subscriptions yearly to tide the withering organizations from bankruptcy. Here’s a way to help them out that doesn’t require robbing the 2021 season to pay for 2020’s.
Just between us: do you really need your $1,200 share of the federal largess? Many do. But I’ll bet that there are tens of thousands of families in King County alone for whom $1,200 is . . .pardon my Yiddish … bupkis. And $1,200 times just 10,000 is 12 megabucks.
Don’t look on this as an opportunity to throw little bunches of bills in all directions. Live large: put the whole bundle on the your favorite bunch of (now literally) starving artists, whether large (the Symphony, Opera, Ballet) or modest (Pacific Music Works, Seattle Shakespeare, Spectrum Dance). $1,200 is enough to get you noticed; enough to give you a place at the table when times lurch back toward normal and we can all together start looking for a way to make the arts a rooted part of the national economy.
But what about public health, education, the social safety net? They’re already set to get help, though not enough and too late to help avoid serious damage. But if the arts establishment takes a dive, it’s probably not coming back. Now is your time, Arthur Pewtie. Forward into the breach!