If there were ever a time to be cutting back on arts and culture in this country, now is just about the worst time to consider it. Recently my wife and I watched Bowling for Columbine, the Michael Moore documentary about high school gun violence, and not so much as a day later the tragic events of the Perry Hall high school shooting unfolded. Add to that, an 8/25/2012 post from Norm Lebrecht highlighting the quote from jazz musician Byard Lancaster used as today’s headline and you have the makings for some profound realization.
It is important to keep these sorts of dynamic variables in mind when girding up the strength to make funding for arts education materialize and building revenue streams capable of improving and sustaining accessibility to live performing arts events.
Having lived in the Baltimore area for 17 years, my heart goes out to my friends and colleagues who work in the public school music and arts program as well as the multitude of arts managers and artists who make that area their home.
I hope everyone will take some time to think about how the arts make your community a better place to live and consider how best you can contribute to building a stronger cultural environment.
Sometimes, the answer will be doing more and other times it will require greater sacrifice but the important thing to remember is there is always a solution.