National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia Explains Why the Arts Matter
Dana Gioia discusses — in dynamic and cogent terms — why the arts matter. The power of art, he says, is to “open up possibilities of existence that otherwise never touch everyday life.” As chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, he says that we live in a society and economy “which does not support the arts at any public level.” Gioia contends that artists and intellectuals themselves are partially to blame for not communicating the reasons why art matters to the broader community. He argues we must encourage arts education — not to produce more artists — but to help create complete human beings. If the U.S. is to prosper in the 21st Century, Gioia says, it will be through creativity, innovation, and ingenuity — all nourished by the arts.
Recorded before a live audience at Barnsdall Art Park as part of the Zócalo Public Square Lecture Series.
You can go here and read his commencement address to 2007 Stanford graduates.