I want to thank Mr. Hoppe and his commentary (Hoppe, "Arts kerfuffle," Sept. 30-Oct. 7) for keeping issues around the value of the arts on local minds. Indy must be reminded of the power of art to improve quality of life, as well as the limitations of the politics of public art funding he noted is mere "community building" for "new audiences or creating new venues" as opposed to that which directly inspires independent and innovate new art. The graphic and performing arts are especially important because they are a global language. I believe it is this universality of artistic human expression that challenges conservative ideology, making the arts capable of, as he mentioned, "...changing peoples' lives by expanding their consciousness." So we don't forget, keep reminding us of the many transformational values of the arts.

Jose M. Evans

Councillor, District 1

City of Indianapolis/Marion County

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