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December 31, 2008

Online voters push for arts in Obama administration

Here's a message I received from a music educator and self-desrcibed desktop activist named Timothy Kjer about an initiative that sounds very worthy to me:

FROM TIMOTHY KJER:

I wanted to see if I could get your quick help. I'm not sure if you've heard, but there's a movement of citizens inspired by the presidential campaign who are now submitting ideas for how they think the Obama Administration should change America. It's called "Ideas for Change in America." I've submitted an idea and wanted to see if you could quickly vote for it. The title is: Save the Arts Coalition.

The top 10 ideas are going to be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day and will be supported by a national lobbying campaign run by Change.org, MySpace, and more than a dozen leading nonprofits after the Inauguration. So each idea has a real chance at becoming policy. Right now this idea is currently in 703rd Place in Economy and needs 1025 more votes to make it into the second round.

Posted by Tim Smith at 9:58 AM | | Comments (2)
        

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Just FYI there is currently an online petition to request creation of cabinet
level Secretary of Arts position -I'd assume similar to the Ministries of
Culture of most European countries.  Not sure this idea will ever take off
in the US, but I find it interesting that it has received the traction it has on
line (http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html).

The bad news is that the voting for my Change.org "Save the Arts Coalition" idea has closed and my idea did not survive. The good (and perhaps better) news is that we now have an online petition for Obama to establish a Secretary of Arts in the cabinet. Please sign and spread the word ASAP! Thank you Tim Smith and Louis Bothwell!
http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at baltimoresun.com/artsmash. This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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