Now that I have your attention (y/n?) may I please beg a few minutes of your time.
Below is the link to a petition asking President Obama - how I love saying that - to appoint a Secretary for the Arts. All the details and "story" behind the initiative are in the petition. This is an area that is obviously very close to my heart and soul, and I ask that if you have ever seen a live symphonic concert, seen a play, been to a poetry reading, visited a sculpture garden or art installation or arts museum, whether these presentations were professional or amateur, hell, if you've read a self-published novel or read a "Style" or "Arts and Leisure" review in a magazine or newspaper, OR if you have children of any age who are or will be going to school in the future, SIGN THIS PETITION!
The arts are a grossly overlooked area of our society and culture - Artists ARE the voice of any society, and it is artists who create that society's culture. Arts and Arts Education are not getting the attention they deserve, and should the decline in Arts support continue the way it has over the past decades, our society will suffer greatly. Many people consider the Arts a joke, this would help us regain our footing and get us the respect we deserve.
One might point out how the Renaissance was great, because it sought to solve no social problem, and busied itself not about such things, but suffered the individual to develop freely, beautifully, and naturally, and so had great and individual artists, and great and individual men. One might point out how Louis XIV, by creating the modern state, destroyed the individualism of the artist, and made things monstrous in their monotony of repetition, and contemptible in their conformity to rule, and destroyed throughout all France all those fine freedoms of expression that had made tradition new in beauty, and new modes one with antique form. But the past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are. ~ Oscar Wilde, "The Soul Of Man Under Socialism"
Thank you :)