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PRINT November 1976

Artpark: The New Esthetic Playground

ARTPARK, IN LEWISTON, NEW YORK, may be the shape of things to come: state politicians supplying funds, art administrators selecting artists to make projects on public view, and artists provided with a regulated set of working conditions. An escape valve for artists’ work and visitors’ leisure, Artpark’s luxury status is headed for redefinition as a necessity, cultural compensation for industrial wear and tear. Its internal stresses are more apparent to artists and other longterm residents than to casual visitors grateful for an alternative to bland state parks, gallery packaging, or Disney World. And its attractiveness as a program is being recognized by other states, which have called in Artpark staff as consultants for possible projects along similar lines.

When Lyndon Johnson established the National Endowment for the Arts in 1964, he surely never dreamed such a small part of his Great

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