Last month Creative NZ warned it may have to cut arts funding because of a drop in Lotto sales which begs the question, should our culture be tied to gambling?
Current Lotto Advertising has a solo father buying a pirate ship for his son and sailing around the world – should funding for our arts culture be dependent on the lucrative desperate solo parent dream market?
The Arts and Culture Minister, Maggie Barry says that it only needs a couple of big jackpot prizes to attract Lotto punters back and “the balls might just roll our way”. Which effectively means that if Actors want more money for the Arts, then they may as well buy a Lotto ticket and cross their fingers.
Culture is expression of the human experience. It shapes us, creates us, represents us, reflects us and challenges us. A society that ignores a well funded culture and sees it as merely a cost isn’t a society worthy of being a member of.
Relying on Lotto super draws to fund our arts would be funny if it weren’t so sad. It will be interesting if National deal with this in the budget.