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In this stage, we would reform systems to increase access to the arts and emphasize their importance. This would require more media coverage, community festivals, art funding, and more.

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Kit B (276)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 11:28 am

*Stage 1 – Reform Existing Systems

In this stage, we would reform systems to increase access to the arts and emphasize their importance. This would require more media coverage, community festivals, art funding, and more.
One successful program that is happening nationwide to increase people’s access to the arts and give artists more public exposure is called “First Friday.” Participating local shops and galleries around the country open up their doors the first Friday of every month, free of charge, and feature different artists for all to see. Implementing more of these programs throughout the country would help to revalue the arts. To learn more about it or start a “First Friday” program in your area check out First Friday Santa Cruz or First Friday Boulder.

As the military budget is significantly reduced and corporate subsidies and Federal Reserve interest are eliminated, there would be more funding available, both private and public, to support artistic endeavors in schools and communities. At the same time, we would need to create more private funding models such as Kickstarter (discussed more below in Stage 2) to transition away from public funding and our reliance on government.

Build Resilient Communities with Art

*Stage 2 – Limit Government Control

Transition to More Private Funding of Arts

*Stage 3 – Set Up Systems for Voluntary Cooperation

Theatre of the Oppressed in Action. Photo by Shira Golding.
Watson, Claire
The key in this stage is to not suppress the arts in any way. People should be able to express themselves freely (as long as they’re not violating anyone else or the property of anyone else).

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These are not difficult things for communities to accomplish, and can have the effect of energizing and educating a community.


pam w (139)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 12:49 pm
A fine principle! One of the many sad casualties of budget-cutting has been loss of arts/music classes in public schools. We need to get them BACK! We need the encouragement of creativity and encouraging originality in thinking skills.


Past Member (0)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 1:07 pm
Gladly noted.

Antonia Windham (6)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 3:39 pm
I don't think more tax dollars should be spent on the arts. We've little enough money as it is to spend on our schools and most other subjects are more vital. A child can become well-educated, productive, happy, and a contributing adult without deliberate exposure to the arts, I think. I've a preference for art funding being solely from the private sector. Though anything promoting the arts that can be done by the state without spending tax money's another matter.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 4:37 pm
An important and promising direction We should be open to such new directions as they appear. Next beginning for Sunday, caturday.

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 6:15 pm

Yet, students that have PE, Art and Music as a part of their curriculum do much better in math and science. So it might something to consider that art and music help open a students mind to greater possibilities, and PE helps build stronger healthier bodies and works off so much of the energy that young bodies are filled with.

Susanne R (235)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 9:18 pm
There's no doubt that exposure to the arts is important. Children who create their own artwork have a way of expressing themselves --especially when they find it difficult to do so verbally. Their creativity is challenged and developed, and children who don't excel in their studies or in sports have something of which they can be proud, so it builds self-esteem. I think "First Friday" is a wonderful idea!

Kamila A (141)
Monday June 4, 2012, 12:35 am
Yay for art therapy!!! Art is powerful as a therapeutic approach to many issues our society is contending with, like PTSD, autism, elderly care, etc. not to mention the nurturing of creativity that is the only thing that humanity can cultivate to save itself from itself! Thank you Kit!

Craig Pittman (52)
Monday June 4, 2012, 5:43 am
Art is the expression of the soul of a society. I think it comes down to a pressing need for we the citizens to have direct control over how government allocates our money. Imagine spending more on the arts and less on the wars.
The world would not only look better it would be better.

cynthia l (207)
Monday June 4, 2012, 8:28 am
Exposure to the arts is so important. A positive oulet and expression of the soul. Art therpy is powerful indeed and so needed

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 10:15 am
noted & read.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:55 pm
It would be wonderful to see the arts being promoted in education and in communities all over the world.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:58 pm
Sadly all of the stories I note become 'un-noted' again, no matter how often I click :(
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