Two months into his presidency, Donald Trump has released "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again." The 2018 fiscal year budget plan sent shockwaves through arts and culture circles because the proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Music has unlimited potential. Often considered the universal language, it has the capacity to form connections between people, change lives, and create emotion seemingly out of nowhere. The only thing that could hope to rival the overwhelming might of music is visual art.
“Where you start in your life... does not dictate what the outcome of your life... is going to be.”
- Tyrese Gibson
“The role of art is to transform the viewer. Art is the best mechanism we have to understand what is real.”
- Milton Glaser
“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.”
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
- Benjamin Franklin
“Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and get us thinking and talking about what matters, and all of us in our own lives have the power to set an example. It's on us, all of us, to create a culture where all our young people can go as far as their talents and their dreams will take them.”
- Barack Obama
“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
- Nelson Mandela
Early in August, hundreds of arts professionals flocked to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference. Go inside LEAD with our own Lisa Husseini as she shares her experience with us.