Preserving the arts way of life

“Not just in wartime but especially in wartime, and not just in hard economic times but especially in hard economic times, the arts get dismissed as ‘sissy.’ Dance gets dismissed as craft, creativity gets dismissed as inessential, to the detriment of our country. And so when we fight for dance, when we buy art that’s made by living American artists, when we say that even when you cut education to the bone, you do not cut arts and music education, because arts and music education IS bone, it is structural, it is essential; you are, in (Jacob’s Pillow founder) Ted Shawn’s words, preserving the way of life that we are supposedly fighting for and it’s worth being proud of.”

Rachel Maddow
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