Remember how Republicans hate art and all things beautiful? Well, it looks like President Bush is going against type. Here is the latest from the National Endowment for the Arts:
Washington, D.C. – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced it will establish three NEA Arts Journalism Institutes that will focus on improving arts criticism in classical music, opera, theater and dance. The institutes will be designed for journalists who cover the arts for print and broadcast outlets located outside the country’s largest media markets, where professional development opportunities are limited.
I await the applause and plaudits that I know the arts community will lavish on Bush for his bold moves . . .
P.s. I say we give Terry $100,000 and save some money!
Update: Ok, I now realize that giving Terry the money wouldn’t serve the purpose of reaching out beyond the major media markets, but wouldn’t blogs provide a great way to communicate outside the major media markets? Perhaps we could find some bloggers from small town USA to take up the work.