Secretary of the Arts Petition: Act Now!

by fortheloveofjewels on January 18, 2009

Yeah, I know he’s got a lot on his plate, just cleaning up the enormous mess left behind. But it appears that Obama understands how valuable the arts are to the betterment of our society and even to help us get through this crisis. Marianne Hunter and her husband, William sent around an email recently promoting a petition for a Secretary of the Arts. Here’s what they said:

ART SAVES LIVES. We believe that.
Those of us who are in the arts; what would have become of us without our artwork?
Those who enjoy the arts; what would life be with out it’s richness?
Those who are students: what life lessons would you have missed without the discovery, patience, creativity, accomplishment and fulfillment of the arts?
Those who teach: what can you unlock in young minds with the arts as your tool? What otherwise unreachable children make contact through the arts?
Those concerned with the human condition: a picture is worth a thousand words to spread understanding and awareness.
Art is a means of support for many in third world countries and poor communities at home.
Those who value history: what secrets of the past would we have lost without the records left behind in works of art and artisanship? Art is our window into the past.

The arts are a vibrant part of our world and economy. One that stimulates the mind and nourishes the soul. One that is flexible. One that endures. One that helps. One that invents and expresses change.

Take a minute and click on the petition link below and sign it to encourage President Obama (so nice to be able to say that!) to create a Secretary of the Arts.

Petition (click here)

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Waffleflip January 19, 2009 at 12:05 am

We artists (musicians, dancers, actors, poets…etc.) are some of the biggest champions of individual expression and personal freedom. Yet somehow, we think it’s okay to create a cabinet position to impose our values on the rest of the country.

This is no different from a nasty special interest group lobbying government to get some preferential treatment. It’s unfair to everyone else who has to support government growth with their wallets.

Constitutionally, it doesn’t matter whether we “like” the idea or not, because this sort of thing has no place in a free society. You and I are as free to embrace art as we are to reject it. The fact that something like this can draw so much support so easily shows just how much our understanding of the role of government has deteriorated.

Think critically before jumping on the bandwagon.

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