Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mr Cogito Receives An Invitation To Become An Arts Advocate

Dear Cogito,

The arts build communities. And Americans for the Arts Action Fund keeps an eye on arts interests on Capitol Hill and around Washington. Won't you join us and become an arts advocate?

Without the arts, our communities would be a bleak landscape.

No Winslow Homer or Claude Monet. No Bach or Miles Davis. What if suddenly, there was no Carnegie Hall, no Los Angeles Philharmonic, no poetry from Maya Angelou, and no Mrs. Smith teaching a dance class in anytown, America? Imagine if Walt Whitman was no longer taught as literary art, Ansel Adams had just developed film at your local drug store, Alvin Ailey never started his dance company, and Steven Spielberg never picked up a script and had a vision.

You know how the arts uplift a community. They bring crowds downtown and to other art locales ... and attract customers to the retail outlets around them. They introduce new generations to the joys of music, dance, and the visual arts. Art in schools brings parents to class plays, band concerts, and school recitals. The arts encourage creative development in children....

Lend your voice to the chorus demanding fair treatment for the arts....

Lend your voice to the arts.

Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts Action Fund

William Kentridge, South African General [ca. 1991], large drypoint print. Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

Image credit: (c) William Kentridge. Courtesy Robert Brown Gallery, Washington, D.C.


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