Occupy the Concert Hall? How Arts Donations Ignore Poor, Ethnically Diverse

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As Occupy Wall Street protests spread over the perceived inequities between the very wealthy and the "other 99 percent" a new study on American arts funding makes a similar point. Its finds that billions of dollars in arts funding serve a mostly wealthy, white and shrinking audience. Meanwhile, only a small chunk of money goes to emerging arts groups that serve poorer communities that are more ethnically diverse. But is this the full picture? And if so, what – if anything – should be done about it?

In this podcast, host Naomi Lewin is joined by three experts: Aaron Dorfman, the executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog group that conducted the new study; Yvette Campbell, president and CEO of the Harlem School of the Arts; and Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras.

Weigh in: Where do you give money to the arts? Do large organizations deserve more money because they take more to run? Or do smaller groups need a larger share of the pie? Leave your comments below.

Host: Naomi Lewin
Producer: Brian Wise
Engineer: Jason Isaac