While I realize that this isn't a traditional entry from me, I still thought this would be a great forum for what I have to say and that the Kaleidoscope family would appreciate something of this nature.
As some of you might have heard, music producer Quincy Jones was quoted in saying that the next conversation he has with our soon-to-be President Obama will be to beg him to have a Minister of the Arts as a government position, which is otherwise known as a Minister of Culture in other countries.
Obama has made it pretty clear that he supports the Arts in his platform, which is not necessarily good for just Kaleidoscope but as a nation as a whole. From what I understand, Obama is supporting the Arts through three main tactics:
- He wants to expand public/private partnerships between schools and arts organizations.
- He wants to start Artists Corps, which is, from what I can tell, a sort of art-focused Peace Corps.
- He is publicly championing the importance of arts education.
The main thing I want to get at here is that Quincy Jones' remarks have sparked an online petition to get a Minister of Culture/Arts into our government. I think signing it would be very worthwhile and I hope everyone in the Kaleidoscope family agrees and will do so.
Here's a few links for you:
The Petition: Please consider signing.
Obama's call to arts: For those interested in Obama's Arts platform, here is an article from The Christian Science Monitor.
Thanks to all in advance who sign the petition. I wouldn't have asked you all if I didn't think it was important. I promise to get blogging about more Kaleidoscope stuff soon, including:
- Upcoming work on school tours
- Some more fairy tale musical performances, and finally (dun dun DUN)
- working on an audio script for Cinderella! That's right, David and Bobby liked my idea from my last post.