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You raise a good question. I think the answer is, the arts are well supported here by locals -- in all ways except financial. And that´s to be expected, isn´t it? The local market is tiny (8000 souls in Sandpoint) and the local economy pays substandard wages in the main. So there aren´t a local of locals to start with, and those that are here just can´t afford to buy a lot of art. But there locals do support the arts as much as they can financially, and by providing a community that provides a lot of support through local government, volunteerism and nonprofit orgs. Witness the Panida Theater, Festival at Sandpoint, POAC, Arts Alliance and more, as evidence. What artists need to understand if they live here is, they have to find markets outside of Sandpoint. There´s just not enough money in town for most artists to make a decent living.I want to correct one statement: "Public response to the idea of spending $7,000 in city funds to relocate steel cutout artworks (currently hanging on downtown poles to a traffic roundabout) was resoundingly negative." You´re probably basing that on the reaction in the blogger comments in the local newspaper. That group of nattering nabobs of negativity is not representative of the town. In fact, the idea of moving the art got solid support -- unanimous from the Sandpoint Arts Commission -- from the majority.
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