The Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley is sponsoring the symposium "ART/CITY" on March 16, 2012. Participants have been invited to respond to the prompt “in relation to the arts and civic life, the question I am wrestling with right now is…” in advance of the event. This guest posting is by Debra Walker, artist.
In relation to the arts and civic life, the question I am wrestling with right now is how to keep artists in the urban areas, even as costs go up and available support goes down. How can we include the cost of public art and access to public art as a cost to the infrastructure....and mitigate the cost of keeping culture in our society as we develop.