You're a new face. You're a new talent. You're a new voice. No one has any idea what you bring to the table. You must accept this stage and commit yourself to delivering the goods every single time you get an opportunity.
I wanted to find a creative way to capture the WHY for everyone -- the reason WHY they are the change they want to see. Our "why," or the reason we are the change, is also tied into our purpose on this earth, the reason we were sent here.
Why do so many people think the arts need saving? Because people enjoy making music, dancing, painting, and writing poetry. They would also really like it if those activities paid for a nice three-bedroom ranch in the suburbs or a hipster condo in the Village.
Circular arguments about arts funding often echo Republican talking points: trickle-down economics serve the poor, progress in race relations means we've reached a post-racial society and we shouldn't take money from the rich because they are job creators.
At a time when unemployment is the key political issue and when virtually everyone in politics is struggling to find ways to reduce the ranks of the unemployed, why doesn't some smart politician realize that the arts are one way to help solve this problem?
By supporting a local arts organization, a bank helps ensure the survival of a strong community ecosystem while at the same time raising its own profile in the business community. That's the equation. If we don't want to traffic in that equation, we shouldn't accept the support.
When the arts are raised in the context of the recession, the discussion usually hits two extremes -- "saving" them, or slashing their funding -- neither of which is as compelling to explore as the arts themselves.
In a media culture where cats batting balls of yarn get a larger audience than The Hurt Locker, artists don't bother to study in their fields, preferring to arm themselves with a cool, teeny camera and have at it.
I hope that the Digital Concert Hall will be remembered ten years from now as the brilliant beginning of a great cultural revolution and not as a shining example of a Golden Age that never reached fulfillment.