I just can’t get upset about these funding cuts. I have full faith in the museums, particularly the Sports Hall of Fame, to be able to fundraise and get up the money needed to sustain itself.
The basic message from Atlanta is clear for the Georgia sports and music halls of fame: Wean yourself from state subsidies during the next few years, because the money will be drying up.
Here’s the troubling part to me:
Bibb County already funds the Tubman African American Museum and the Museum of Arts and Sciences with more than $350,000 apiece each year.
Why? They are great museums, but the county is already struggling. It has to build a new courthouse. That’s $700,000.00 that could be better spent.
I’m not totally opposed to some government subsidization because I do think there is a role for government to promote some level of civic interaction with culture to help foster a continuation of good culture — that’s why I’m a conservative, not a libertarian. But I would say that the level of involvement should be miniscule and more toward a bias of capitalization and not support for keeping the doors open.