Michelle Obama on Why the Arts Matter

From today's L.A. Times:

“We believe strongly that the arts aren't somehow an 'extra’ part of our national life, but instead we feel that the arts are at the heart of our national life. It is through our music, our literature, our art, drama and dance that we tell the story of our past and we express our hopes for the future. Our artists challenge our assumptions in ways that many cannot and do not. They expand our understandings, and push us to view our world in new and very unexpected way..."

"We want to show these young people that they have a place in our world, in our museums, our theaters, our concert halls... We want them to experience the richness of our nation's cultural heritage, one on one, up close and personal, not on TV. We want to show them that they can have a future in the arts community -- whether it's a hobby, or a profession, or simply as an appreciative observer…"

She was addressing an international audience at the Pittsburg Creative and Performing Arts School. Thanks Mrs. Obama. You made my day.

- Holly A.
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