Sunday, January 10, 2010
Artistry In Motion Art Barns I Make Art Art Carney Art Bell Arthur Miller
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2
January Xth, MMX
Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud
The funding cutbacks to arts programs of the past (& I am sure the ones in your future budgets) are quite frankly appalling. We as adult citizens should be encouraging artistes & young artisans in their pursuits. I realize that this is done through musical programs already such as the Kiwanis Festival at the Arts Campus of Grant MacEwan University; but quite frankly, its not enough.
My suggestion that for Junior & Senior High Arts Credits, we have a yearly competition in which kids come up with their own compositions. They could be jazz, classical, rock, r&b, or alternative sounds. The top three compositions as chosen by former students would get all of their expenses paid to both Calgary & Edmonton. They would then get to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at The Winspear Centre & the Calgary Symphony Orchestra at The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
How does discouraging kids from being creative with musical & artistry cutbacks encourage them to develop their inner core talents? Quite frankly, it does not. Lets spend a little extra dough now so that some of these kids become full time taxpaying artists of the future!
Always With Honour,
Source: The Art Gallery Of Alberta In Edmonton.