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Holland Cotter writes in his New York Times article Why University Museums Matter (02.19.09) that “at least one good idea seems to be gaining ground. In a bleak economy, when our big public museums threaten to sink under budget-busting excesses, the university museum offers a model for small, intensely researched, collection-based, convention-challenging exhibitions that could get museums through a bumpy present and carry them, lighter and brighter, into the future.”

The recent Coburn Amendment passed yesterday in the Senate by a 3:1 margin.  When an amendment like this passes, how do we teach students to value the arts in a liberal arts university?

The language of the amendment, (Amendment No. 175, as filed) is, “None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, arts center, or highway beautification project, including renovation, remodeling, construction, salaries, furniture, zero-gravity chairs, big screen televisions, beautification, rotating pastel lights, and dry heat saunas.”

See AAM President Ford Bell’s letter to Harry Reid.  (Scroll down.)

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