BRUCE COLE (1938-2018) was a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He had been a professor, museum director, the head of a federal agency, and a long-time observer of federal support for the arts and humanities. Cole was the author of 14 books and has written for, among others, The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and the Claremont Review of Books.
Few Americans are aware that Washington is the country’s largest single patron of art. Every year a group of unelected federal bureaucrats and congressmen spends millions of taxpayer dollars on monuments, sculptures, buildings, plays, and exhibitions, largely without public knowledge or involvement.