Portland Magazine. Art Agitators, September 2017

By Daniel Kany 

What role do you see art playing in local, state, and/or national culture?

Art is part of culture. I don’t prescribe a specific role, but recognize that art, the arts, are inextricably woven into culture. 

Is art an effective tool for social change?

Yes, but it’s only one facet or tool. Unless the art rises to being culturally embraced beyond the art world and covered in the media, its scope is limited. Our society sometimes has a way of diminishing the arts and their importance. However, more people attend museums than professional sports events and theme parks combined, with over 850 million visitors each year to American museums, according to the American Alliance of Msueums. 

   —Daniel Kany interviewing Dan Mills

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