Dr. Christopher Weare is the director of research and strategy at the Greater Sacramento Economic Council. He has over 25 years of experience in public policy as a researcher, professor and practitioner. Most recently, he was a research professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy where he led major, grant-funded research projects on citizen engagement, e-government and performance management. Dozens of his research papers have appeared in leading journals. Dr. Weare received a BA in Government from Harvard University and a MPP and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Can Sacramento continue to invest in the arts when public budgets remain tight and the economy continues to underperform? Wrong question. Rather, we need to ask ourselves whether we can afford not to invest in the arts. We need to change the debate away from a competition for dollars and toward building an understanding of the many avenues by which a vibrant arts scene complements and promotes robust economic growth in our region.