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opinion | philip w. lovejoy

Next mayor should bet big on the arts

Now is the time for Boston to invest more fully in its artistic community and ensure that the arts become the economic driver that this city deserves.

The Boston area is well known for its world-class colleges and universities. These educational institutions produce an amazing diversity of artists, performers, and arts administrators. But once they graduate they begin to leave, abandoning the place that has helped to form them for cities that can fully support them professionally: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco. While Boston provides the foundation on which these careers are built, it does little to nurture them, allowing other cities to benefit from these extraordinarily talented individuals.

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