March 20, 2017

Monday Thoughts: The NEA…Culture Matters

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I don’t want to be political here…I simply want to talk about the NEA because they provide support to something that is at the center of my heart and soul. Arts and Culture. We are living in a moment of time where there is so much noise.   It is really hard to make an argument for anything without having a strong counterpoint.

At One River School, we don’t receive any grants so I have no personal stake here. But, I do sit on the Board of Trustees for the Bergen PAC and an organization called Art 21 who both rely on grants. These two organizations are doing amazing work for our communities and they represent just two of the thousands of non-profits who support our communities with amazing educational services.

The Bergen PAC runs a non-profit theater that is vital to the economic fabric of northern, New Jersey. In addition, they teach thousands of kids performing arts through partnerships with local schools! They also run an amazing school where they teach dance, performance and music…the Bergen PAC is simply am invaluable resource to our community.

Art 21 has changed the paradigm for teaching and learning about the creative process. They provide unparalleled access to the artist’s voice around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art.

I am certain that getting a budget deal in place, including healthcare and the military takes precedent. I am also certain that ELIMINATING the NEA is the wrong decision and that the small amount that is currently appropriated makes our world better.

If you don’t have details on exactly how your tax money is used visit the NEA’s website.  I am hopeful that there will be a change of heart…Culture Matters.

Matt Ross 
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