Tuesday, October 17, 2017
TKC QUESTION: WILL THE CREATIVE CLASS ART ECONOMY SAVE KANSAS CITY?!?!
Tonight we take a glimpse of talking points used to justify a bevy of taxpayer subsidy with very little profit or benefit for residents overall.
For the most part, City Hall subsidizing the local arts community is usually just an exercise in cleverly disguised political payoffs sold to the clueless public as "culture" but targeted at very specific communities as a reward for civic alliances.
- Art in the loop - Offers public funding and KCMO back grants to a bevy of artist to beautify development for LUXURY CONDOS out of the price rage of most Kansas City residents.
- 18th & Vine "investment" of more than $100-MILLION over a generation still hasn't turned a profit or changed the fate of the 3rd District.
- Judging from their website . . . Arts KC only hires white ladies for some weird reason that doesn't speak to claims of artistic "diversity" from City Hall.
The list goes on and on but now the East Crossroads attempts to offer tax breaks to lure big money from the burgeoning arts scene into the urban core . . . Which is a trick that most pizza delivery dudes don't even fall for . . .
In general, fine art is a scam:
But I digress . . .
Ironically, while art is supposed to inspire critical insight and independent thinking, the celebration of KC's art scene mostly just repeats the company line from City Hall and local developers.
Description of tonight's clip . . .
"In Kansas City, we're told the arts economy equals a quarter of a billion dollars. Explore what that number means, what's counted -- what isn't -- and what the future of Kansas City looks like . . ."
Take a look:
You decide . . .