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RoseRed135

PBS & the arts - should the Federal government drop them?

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I think it's awful- And odd, coming from a man whose own home is floor to ceiling crafted by individuals skilled in the arts-

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How much unemployment do you think that would cause?

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There is a line in the film "Mr. Holland's Opus" when music teacher Mr. Holland (Richard Dreyfus) is call into the principal's office to be told his program is being cut and the money transferred to core programs his response is "that when you cut the arts, pretty soon there will be nothing to read or write about"...And I believe this is true. I belong to several music pages of FP and and a music site. I'm well acquainted with working musicians/songwriters, some college educated in other fields, but the arts are where their souls reside. A couple have written books about their issues & exploits. One, a Viet Nam vet who has made a living as a working musician all his life now runs an arts program for the public schools in his little home town in northern Alabama. He needs to be celebrated, not shoved to the side.

PBS has some fabulous drama series..."Downton Abbey" & Call the Midwife" spring to mind. 

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i personally donate to pjs how many of you above posters d0o?

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Me. Or rather DH and me.

However, I don't think we need a show of hands. No one needs to divulge here what they do/do not donate towards unless they want to (but yes, I get the point of your questions, skipped).

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PBS offers donors PBS Passport- Technically it's a service for streaming set up to look like a membership perk- Either way, it costs to stream content- Finding Your Roots is a favorite-

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Ahem....it may not be prudent for me to respond given the GPs.com guidelines lol. I feel VERY STRONGLY about this. Considering the fact that not one but BOTH of my children intend to have careers in the arts I have a pretty strong stance. Let's put it this way, it's time that we look at ALL aspects of a child's education as CORE. Math, English, History and Science are very important (I have a STEM kid, come on!!) But the Arts, Health and PE and other areas also contribute to the growth of a child's mind and body. My youngest intends to combine Robotics and Music Therapy in an effort to improve prosthetics for the military - how is that for reaching across the entire educational spectrum. While we may not contribute directly monetarily to PBS, as a family we have contributed thousands of hours and quite a bit of money towards our local arts community over the years. We have spent sun up to sun down working the local arts fair, and built sets from scratch and hosted local choral festivals and created productions that to go out in to local elementary schools to tackle things like bullying and drugs. When will people recognize that while the arts may seem easily cut, they are, for many, CORE to their education and maybe if the government looked at their own internal spending on frivolous things and overpaying seated government big shots, they might be surprised just how much money they could miraculously unearth to cover instead of cut.  

Ahem.....stepping down off of my soapbox now. 

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Many times just the small amount of "seed money" from a grant to a community for the arts is the way to revitalize a small town and create living wage jobs in small businesses.

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On 2/14/2018 at 4:29 AM, BlueEyedGirl said:

Ahem.....stepping down off of my soapbox now. 

You stay right up on that soapbox..

.my #1GB is already on the scouting lists for colleges and on the watch list for professional scouts for baseball...he has serious talent. He's 13...dance classes will be very helpful in an athletic career...he's already played one tournament season for Orlando Cepeda (a baseball god from the 60s)...Mr. Orlando & his sons hand pick their teams and while they are not scouts themselves, they know people who are...one phone call of 'come and look at this kid'...and GB will be on his way to a pro career...Major league minimum salary $500k...and that includes the utility guy who sits on the bench most of the time. At least that talent will pay for college, which is my first goal for him. #2GB wants to design cars that look vintage but have all the modern bells & whistles...#3GB wants to be a lawyer...which will entail some acting classes to help with his presentation skills...#1GG is a budding artist...girl has some serious skills for 7, drawing, scrapbooking with a great sense of color....the list goes on. The arts will help them all.

(about the dance in sports thing...Mr. Holland's Opus character "Bill" (Jay Thomas' character) was the football coach/PE teacher who minored in dance in college....it all ties together...)

I support our local classical radio station...the entire station relies on 'member support'...They went in that direction when too many rules were seriously cramping their style. I use the station at school to 'dial down' my students without them really being aware. They do have an online presence and are national award winners...

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