During the Great Depression the Arts were exceedingly important. People were going through such stressful times that an evening of diversion at a play, concert, or performance of dance kept them from being depressed. Franklin Roosevelt realized this and created WPA orchestras as well as other Art groups. My uncle helped support his family by playing the cello in our local WPA orchestra.
So supporting the Arts not only entertained the downtrodden people, it provided jobs. Therefore, I am supporting this petition and hope you will too.
PETITION SEEKING SIGNATURES FOR A REQUEST TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
TO APPOINT A SECRETARY OF THE ARTS.
Quincy Jones, famed musician, has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts.
Â While many other countries have had Ministers of ArtÂ or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever.
Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.
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