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Monday, April 19, 2010

 

Georgia Destroys Its Cultural Heritage

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The state of my birth, Georgia, is responsible for some of the greatest artists of the 20th century: Flannery O'Connor, Gladys Knight, Alice Walker, Steven Soderbergh, Kanye West, Julia Roberts, Otis Redding, Johnny Mercer, Carson McCullers, Ma Rainey, Little Richard, Mary J. Blige, and, of course, Ryan Seacrest. (Well, they can't all be winners.)

So it's devastating to realize that Georgia may become the first state in the union to entirely eliminate its state arts council. Without it, the museums, classical music groups, theater, art, dance, and writing centers will probably close in the next few years, if not months. Devastating for kids, who've already seen art education disappear from the schools. Appalling. Appalling and shameful. I'm embarrassed to be from such a place.
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1 Comments:

Blogger Catherine said...

Ah, sweetie, I hear ya. I'm of course from the state that has successfully raised up Reagan, and almost completely eliminated Thomas Jefferson in textbooks that will be used cross-country for many years. Super proud, myself...

4/21/10, 10:51 AM  

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