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COUNTERPUNCH LETTERS : Multicultural Awareness

I am writing to commend the article which Dolo Brooking wrote (Counterpunch, Dec. 17) regarding the importance of making arts funding more representative of the wide range of local communities. It is imperative that funding decisions at all levels come to reflect greater awareness of the multicultural and multiracial diversity of American and world society.

Brooking admonishes the NEA to transcend what she calls “a rarefied Eurocentric perspective” and to award funds in a way that reflects a broader cultural appreciation. In so doing, she suggests a clear understanding that attainment in the arts is not based on or derived from ethnicity, and that genuine talent in all communities should be equitably funded.

LEON M. JONES

Los Angeles

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