This salon was recorded Sunday August 17, 2008 at the Buli Cafe on the Cedar Springs Strip in Dallas. Our question for discussion today concerns the plight of the American artist. Not those few successful and famous artists who fetch great sums for their creative output, but the young painters, writers, sculptors, playwrights, and filmmakers just beginning their careers. Does America owe them a helping hand. through our tax dollars, to nurture their creative endeavors? Just what are the benefits to our society and our culture for such investments? Why are we more willing to invest more in young athletes than artists? Joining RICK VANDERSLICE around the square table in the Library Nook are 3 very creative, artistic individuals: writer/blogger/poet RJ JACKSON; social/political observer ROY CALHOUN; and artist AARON RATHBUN
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