Bureaucratizing the Muse. Public Funds and the Cultural Worker, by Steven C. Dubin.* Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1987. 226 pages. $28.50.

In December, 1973, Congress passed the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). The Act earmarked a minimum of $250,000,000 of public monies annually to subsidize jobs. Not since the establishment of Work Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935 had the U.S. government made a comparable commitment to the American worker. In 1975, CETA embraced the art world, suddenly making available an influx of funds. This funding would allow deserving artists selected for the program to be paid a living wage. This money, although continually being whittled away, haunted arts organizations for six years. In 1981, as suddenly as it had appeared, it vanished.

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