Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
Regarding Joe Schoenmann’s story about Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers’ stated principle of funding art if only produced by local artists:
If the Papal States had pursued such a policy of restricted local procurement of the arts, Michelangelo would never have painted the Sistine Chapel in Rome because he was Florentine.
And some of the greatest public art produced under the Works Progress Administration auspices in the 1930s would never have existed because Diego Rivera was Mexican.
The value of public art is the benefit it bestows on the community at large, whatever its impact on local employment.