WBEZ | Anna Upchurch http://www.wbez.org/tags/anna-upchurch Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Here, There: Canadian arts funding a buttress against southern neighbors http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/here-there-canadian-arts-funding-buttress-against-southern-neighbors-901 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/this.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, we return to our occasional <em><a href="herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series with a look at arts funding around the world.</p><p>Canada’s population is concentrated along the border with the United States, which remains its dominant cultural influence. In the 1950s, Canada worried its southern neighbor was overshadowing national culture. To strengthen a unified Canadian identity, it developed a sophisticated system of government support for the arts. We talk to Anna Upchurch, who studies the country's model as an assistant professor of <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/pci/" target="_blank">Cultural Industries</a> at the University of Leeds.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 18:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/here-there-canadian-arts-funding-buttress-against-southern-neighbors-901 Here, There: In U.S., NEA struggles to make the case for public funding http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/here-there-us-nea-struggles-make-case-public-funding-90180 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/arts3.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In the U.S., the value of the <a href="http://www.nea.gov/" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts</a> can vary wildly, depending on who you ask. Some believe government funding for the arts is wasteful and that the value of art should be determined by the market; others think it's at the core of healthy civil society.</p><p>To help us understand the American model, we talk to artist, author and filmmaker Brian O’Doherty. &nbsp;Brian was a program director at the NEA soon after its formation in the 1960s.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/here-there-us-nea-struggles-make-case-public-funding-90180