Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"Crusade to Eliminate Admission Fees"

In today's National Post author Robert Fulford presents some pretty good arguments for free admission to galleries and museums in the country: the contents belong to us so we should have access to them, we should view them less like sporting arenas and more like libraries and public parks, even Americans let the public in for free, etc. etc.

Coming on the heels of Nuit Blanche, at a time when critics of the event are asking "can this not have a more lasting impact?" this seems like a step in the right direction. One could argue that NB illustrates that if it's free and convenient the public just might come. Which leads to the other question: if art wants to compete with more popular forms of culture such as cinema, bars, sporting events, and nightclubs, why doesn't it stay open later than 6pm?


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