This show is straight from the heart! As a creative person whose passion is the arts, I find the cutbacks in arts education in recent years have created a void in the production of cultured people in our society. Many years ago, fresh out of kindergarten, I was immersed in the arts. Encouraged to write. Exposed to classical music, theatre, museums, etc. It was as important as math and history. As I grew older and faced the problems of the day, or felt in despair it was knowing that by simply picking up a pencil and writing a poem, drawing a picture, dancing, or by singing a song that I could turn things around. That for a time I had the power to change something.
Now as an adult, I know that one can take that to the next level and beyond and feel empowered to question, to seek answers, and to ponder change.
School is about to begin and we have to think seriously about making Arts Education mandatory to ensure the future and empowerment of our youth. Guest, classically trained singer, Janie Braxton and I will discuss the state of Arts Education, and compare ourexperiences with Arts Education; she as a student in Detroit public schools, and I as a student in NYC public schools.