I am spending today, November 8, at the annual ArtsLAB symposium hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts. This year’s theme is “Unheard Voices,” examined through the lens of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) initiatives. Featured will be panel discussions, conversations, and presentations by artists, programs and organizations “doing the intentional work that moves beyond conversation, turning IDEAs into action.”
I am honored to have been invited to serve on the panel focused on “Advocacy: Finding Your Vehicle.” I look forward to learning from my fellow arts advocates, and to exploring how we can move forward in working together to bring the arts to life -- in ways that matter and make a difference -- particularly for under-resourced schools, communities, and non-traditional settings such as senior care facilities and preschools, as well as special needs audiences, wounded warriors and prison inmates. All those places where we see the lights go on when the arts walk in.
The Arts are not the be-all, end-all solution to all of our problems – but I think most of us will agree that the Arts need to be an essential part of the solution.
As Thomas H. Keane, former governor of New Jersey, once said: "If food and shelter give us life, the arts give us something to live for.”
Best wishes to you and family during this time of Thanksgiving,
Busy Graham, Founder
Carpe Diem Arts