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Roger, when my son was a student at Hillsdale College, we attended a student art show during one parents weekend. It was unlike anything you'd find on the vast majority of college campuses these days in that all of the art displayed there was beautiful and pleasant to look at (the type of art non-pretentious people display in their homes because it makes them feel good). Unlike postmodern art that tends toward the angry, the seedy, and the profane, the Hillsdale students were taught to search for and create "the beautiful." The school's website includes a mission statement which I've included here to help you prepare for your Hillsdale cruise:
- To instill in students an understanding and appreciation of the greatest traditions in the visual arts and how they contribute to a richer understanding of life
- To promote a belief through art that the world makes sense and is beautiful—that artists have a vital role to play in making this truth known
- To promote a belief that beauty is a relevant and vital term for the artist today—that the pursuit of it requires knowledge, skill and character and is therefore an elevating and enriching experience.
The arts, as you noted, have been in a "wretched state" for quite some time. Tiresome vanity projects and politically correct virtue signaling are de rigueur. Of course, most of the bad art —including bad theater — would simply vanish if these "artists" had to compete in the free market without the benefit of government largess. PJM's John Ellis, a former actor and theater lover, makes a good case for defunding the National Endowment for the Arts here.