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Support for the arts

    Central and state lawmakers have difficult jobs. They are expected to resolve some

    of the most pressing problems of our time: how can the country ensure long-term economic

    growth? How can we solve chronic problems with education and health care? What public

    policies will strengthen India’s global position? And what roles and responsibilities must

    our government assume—or shed—in order to best serve citizens?

     

    In this environment, all areas of spending—including the arts—come under scrutiny, and

    every public rupee is competitive. Lawmakers may ask whether government has a legitimate

    role to play in the arts, or whether the arts should receive funds when so many other critical

    needs are pressing.

     

    The answer to both questions is a resounding, evidence based "yes." The arts are an important community builder and prosperity generator for states. In addition to their

    inherent value to society, the arts offer a distinctive blend of benefits. They are one of the main drivers of economic growth. The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue. A strong arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity, attracts tourism and expands a state's work force and tax base. The arts have been shown to be a successful and sustainable strategy for revitalizing rural areas, cities and populations struggling with poverty.

     

    More so, the  arts cultivate young imaginations and facilitate success in school, enhancing students' academic achievement in multiple subject areas. They provide the critical thinking, communications and innovation skills essential to a productive 21st-century work force. They also foster physical, mental and emotional health, aiding recovery processes and contributing to well-being. Arts therapy is a medically and economically effective tool for treating aging adults, children and people suffering from trauma, including military personnel and veterans. In this modern, fast-paced society, the  arts create a welcoming sense of place and a desirable quality of life. The arts also support a strong democracy, engaging citizens in civic discourse, providing forums for important issues and encouraging collective problem solving.  And perhaps, the most crucial point is the arts promote and preserve cultural legacies. The arts preserve culture and heritage, passing along a state's unique character and traditions to future generations of citizens. The arts also are central to community resiliency. Whether states are facing economic distress, natural disasters or other adversity, the arts are a powerful force for recovery and healing, a benefit that few other industries offer.

     

    Local government support for the arts is an important ingredient of a healthy arts sector. Governments must support the arts through grants, programmes and services designed to boost community cultural engagement. Having multiple sources of financial support available for the arts and artists increases the likelihood of meeting their many and varied needs. The creative industries are varied – and different parts require different forms of support. Financial support for the arts comes in various forms, which may be roughly identified as those directed towards structures – arts organisations and venues –which support artists by offering them work; and those aimed at direct support to individuals to promote creativity or to relieve hardship. Without such support from the government, many ethnic art forms may die out.

     

    Sikkim at a Glance

    • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
    • Capital: Gangtok
    • Altitude: 5,840 ft
    • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
    • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
    • Climate:
    • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
    • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
    • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
    • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi