Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kevin Spacey's lecture on why we need to continue to support the arts

A ferw days ago, actor Kevin Spacey appeared at the Kennedy Center delivering a forty minute speech for the Nancy Hanks Center on the Arts and Public Policy. I hope the video of the entire speech will become available soon, and I will post that when it happens. Spacey's references to the influence of the language of both the Bible and Shakespeare on Abraham Lincoln's great speeches very much resonated with me. Sherri, Aidan, and I were at the Lincoln Birthplace National Park in Kentucky just a few days ago, where the very worn Bible that Lincoln read as a child was one of the items on display.

In the meantime here is a link to a great blog which gives highlights of Spacey's speech

And here is a nice seven minute video interview of Spacey about his speech from Hardball with Chris Matthews:

As artists/educators I guess we have to constantly fight for the arts- kind of sad, but it's just the way it is in today's society. It seems like we can't ever let down our guard.

Let's keep hanging in there,


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