We hear a lot about cutting the fat out of public budgets these days. I have two fat-cutting stories:
- An artist I know recently volunteered to visit an elementary school. When he arrived, the teacher called the principal, who showed up a few minutes later with a zip-lock bag containing six crayons – for 23 children.
- An arts organization was recently setting up a free residency for a public elementary school. The manager emailed the school principal, saying that all they would require was the opportunity to use the school cafeteria for lunch. The principal’s reply was, “What cafeteria? Ours was shut down a few years ago because of health hazards, and we haven’t received any funding to do anything about it.”
Watch where you are swinging that knife, you may be hitting some vital organs!