There is a good Bud Kennedy article in this morning's Star-Telegram about how Fort Worth has lost so many of it's large businesses that have in the past supported the arts, charities, schools. etc. We are a growing city but most of the large businesses are controlled outside the city, and they have no real desire to help out.....
I would suggest that large businesses only support the arts, charities, schools, etc not because of an overriding desire to be a community supporter; but because of the tax benefits accruing from charitable deductions. These national and global companies will contribute to many communities to maximize deductions.
I am not saying that corporate contributions are not critical; I am saying that Mr. Kennedy may be over simplifying the issue. Corporations will locate in Fort Worth for the tax benefits for it being a low taxing jurisdiction and for it being a jurisdiction that has been shown to offer lucrative and attractive incentives.
The public must be the leading supporter of arts, schools, etc; The public is quicker to support professional sports purchasing billions of dollars of sports related items. The arts should have more "open house and free" events to promote how important they are to the City which may garner more public financing.