Quincy Jones plan to ask President Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of the Arts or Culture for centuries, the United States never created such a petition.
You can read more on http://www.quincyjones.com
and sign and pass on the petition started by Jaime Austria bass player at:
In the U.S 6 Million people work in the arts!
3 Million in the Defense Industry.
Let’s put down the arms
to raise the arts.
Our hearts will thank us!
Thanks Careba. It is nice to hear that indeed, there are ongoing efforts being made to enhance the nation’s cultural life.
So now, go on everybody, and sign that petition.
There is actually a direct link to it on Quincy’s site (and of course I do not know how to link it to this posting! greeeeeeeeeee).
Would be nice to see Wynton in that position…Although I am sure he has a busy enough schedule!
Capitolism and greed will always win in this country of ours. It would definately be great to see that post manifested and filled. The arts it seems have not been very high on this nations priority list. It was quite sad to hear Quincy talk about the young African-American kid who had only heard of Armstrong but didn’t quite know who this master was. It was also very sad that not much was shown when the great Elvin Jones died, but a two month long biopic was played after Anna Nicole Smith died. No disrespect to the Smith’s, but something should be said about the master’s when they pass.
What’s the latest on this online grass roots movement?
“Whether you call it a minister of culture or not, it would be wonderful to have someone with a policy role to coordinate arts education, cultural diplomacy and support for arts organizations. Those activities are not coordinated but divided among many offices,” said Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “Right now, we have an ecology of the arts that is very scary. We need a proactive person, or agency, that is going to talk to foundations, the state agencies, the organizations about this situation. Right now, we are leaving the arts organizations to themselves,” he said.
But, Kaiser said: “I am not optimistic that Congress would create another department. It is expensive, it is another bureaucracy—but we need coordination.”