(I will be posting more about the DC trip, but first a quick post on this.)
To: President Barack Obama
Congratulations and thank you for all you do.
Your good friend Quincy Jones said: "...next conversation I have with President Obama is to beg for a Secretary of Arts." [November 14th 2008 WNYC interview by John Schaefer on "Soundcheck."]
We the undersigned support Quincy Jones' plea.
I first heard about this petition on NPR, and I was torn. On one hand, the arts need more support in this country. NEED it, do you hear me? As a teacher in a school that is not-so-slowly getting rid of anything that isn't covered on the state tests, the arts need to be recognized and supported for what they bring to this country - culturally, fiscally, and emotionally.
On the other hand, it seems twisted to have the arts get more entwined with federal regulators and jurisdictions.
In the end, I signed it. I get it if you decide not to, but please at least think about it. And then go do something creative.
Petition for the Creation of a Position for the Secretary of the Arts