March 16, 2017

Trump Administration Doing Away with the National Endowment for the Arts? WTF?

When we live in a world that has many Earth-shattering problems (literally) to solve, and no one -- especially those with the most authority in the World -- is able to solve the problems then I need you to read this: defines creativity as: "the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods,interpretations, etc.; originality, 
progressiveness, or imagination."

As an artist, singer, entertainment & music industry professional and educator, there isn't anything that I embody more than the power of arts education. When civil rights are in question, I believe most people will do the right thing -- women's rights, gay rights, minority rights -- people usually come to the table with rage and passion. What I am not as certain of, not only in light of this administration, but in light of what people actually fight for today, is the willingness to fight for things we say we believe. There are countless surveys and tons of research that shows most people in America understand the value of arts education...whether it be cognitive skills, social skills, creative outlet, problem-solving or whatever. However, there isn't the vim and vigor to actually PROTECT arts education. 

One can't say he/she understands that having a diverse community is important to our culture and then not support civil rights, right? One can't say that he/she believes that the LGBTQ community is just as human as anyone and should not be discriminated against and then not support marriage equality, right? Therefore, one can't say that intellectually and emotionally one understands the importance of and the role that arts education plays in all aspects of our culture and then not actually do something to protect it, right? 

It's a crucial time for you to put your mouth where your mouth is. Just like The Recording Academy and the Country Music Association have done. 


“Love of music and the arts brings us together, and celebrates the richness of American culture and our spirit of curiosity and creativity. Music and art serve as one of America’s greatest exports, and support jobs for creators in cities, towns and rural areas across the country. The White House proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is shortsighted and alarming. The modest support that we provide to music and the arts is returned many times over, whether measured in jobs and economic impact, or sheer cultural enrichment and introspection. The Recording Academy will ask Congress to maintain funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and renew our commitment to America’s creators.”

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

If you agree with what we all are saying, then let me know.