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January 19, 2009

A New Arts Ministry?

On this eve of one of the most significant US presidential inaugurations in history, music producer Quincy Jones is asking President-elect Barack Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts.  While many other countries have Ministers of Art, the United States has never created the position.  In fact, according to examiner.com, Jones says that the U.S. and Germany are the only countries who do not have a culture minister. 

Jones has started a petition, which has so far garnered over 150,000 signatures.  You can sign it here.

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Jones may want to check out some new talent to help promote his cause, like six-year-old Lil Yani.  His new rap video, "Obama Made Me Proud," is becoming a hit on YouTube.  With lyrics written by his great-grandmother, the San Pablo boy salutes the president-elect, saying "There were tears/ Love and pride/ I could see them/ In my Granny's eyes/ As she looked at me/ Looked at me to say/ Boy you could grow up/ To be president some day."



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To update my last blog entry "The Hits Just Keep On Coming," San Francisco's Magic Theatre will stay open, having held a successful donation drive that raised over $455,000.  That's some uplifting news in this pessimistic time for the arts. 

Let's hope for more.  Perhaps all those artists performing at his inauguration will inspire Obama to act upon Jones' recommendation.  When can we expect the new Department of the Arts, Mr. President? 
January 19, 2009 6:07 PM | | Comments (0)

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