Will Virginia lose the Arts, AND their Heart?
Consider for one minute these recent ruins uncovered in Turkey:
What has outlived this civilization? Their tax records? Their contributions to science? Or their Art? Estimated as being the oldest uncovered archeological site to date, this site is reported to be covered with the site is almost covered in graceful, naturalistic sculptures and bas-reliefs (Newsweek, Symmes, Feb. 19, 2010).
This week, Virginia is taking precarious fiscal measures against the longevity of the Arts. VA is a state I have grown to love; not for its economy or its consumerism, but for its aesthetic beauty. Have you seen the Blue Ridge Mountains? The Natural Bridge? It is the beauty of states like Virginia that inspire literature, lyrics, and composition. A gift that was only state supported with a measly $4 million dollars annually, and in less than a year will be completely unfunded.
Times are tough, but it is in tough times that people look for inspiration. Rarely do statistics and science inspire when the going gets tough; so what is making VA decide to turn its back on the one area of life that has the chance to give life back to its people?
Art has been at the root of every major civilization, the basis of every culture, and the definition of humanity. To take away Art is comparable to losing ones soul.
Is it worth its weight in gold to remove all support of the Arts in a community?
Could this decision leave Virginia in ruins?