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Friday, April 04, 2008

 

Glad Someone Decided To Mention It...

Quoted at The Playgoer:
"We have to improve arts and music funding generally, in schools but also outside of schools. The [National] Endowment for the Arts, our support of the public arts our support for arts institutions—all those things should be a priority and they don’t cost that much money. They really don’t. But you get such a big payoff…

Part of what arts education does is it teaches people to see each other through each other’s eyes. It teaches us to respect and understand people who are not like us. That makes us better citizens and it makes our democracy work better."
- Barack Obama

2 Comments:

Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

god it would be so wonderful to have a president this thoughtful in the White House

4/4/08, 1:20 PM  
Blogger NatureJockk said...

I like The NA too. It survives only, and I must restate-ONLY- because wealthy people have the money and the accountants to make them do so. I am one such person. I could actually see just getting rid of the EA and let it just go the way it is supposed to go, AWAY! Not because I hate art, or artists, I just hate the fact that a very few of liberal minded persons that like to get dressed p and look great in suites and dresses gets to go to art openings at taxpayer expense. Artists will still get discovered without EA, they will just have to work better at doing so. Great art comes over time. However it's form, it takes time. All the EA's does is speed it up so living artists can try to make more money and fame in their lifetimes. Being an artist is painful. It is not a job, it does not pay the bills. Before cable we had 3 major television networks and rural and suburban people never really knew what a Monet is. Now we have cable with 500 channels and the internet with unlimited aspects to see art, learn art and sell art.
I could use the tax burden I pay to maybe buy more good art, but my accountant says I can only write off giving to ART, not buying it now.

4/4/08, 1:33 PM  

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