It is a testament to the value of the arts in economic development and community identity that members of the current legislature are willing to defend these arts grants to local communities. These dollars turn into arts education opportunities for kids, music on the town square, exhibits of crafts and folk art, preservation of our precious culture history, visiting performers in dance, community theater performances, and an overall sense of creativity and imagination that will guide our future as a state. Our kids deserve these amenities.
Thanks to Representatives Turner and Torbett and other committee members who believe that North Carolina still can be The Creative State. Let's hope the governor, who oversaw Charlotte's arts boom, will remember that what worked so well in a big city is absolutely critical to the smaller rural townships all across the state. Arts are often a lifeline.
Thank you, Duncan.
Oh Barry, we have lived here a LONG time. And we can wait some more. We know ourselves. We own our integrity. In some ways we are better for the fight than to ease into uncontested acceptance. It is a matter of paying attention with a fierce sensitivity to others on the margins, those whom we might miss by jumping too gleefully toward "normal". It will come to us. And who is next to be rejected?
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