Last week was hard. We have some of those weeks. Running back and forth between different sites, with different teachers and students, we have some successes and some losses. While the good days were very good, the not-so-good days were really not so good, but we soldier on. I have to find a way to build a culture of respect and safety in a classroom where those are foreign terms for many, many reasons. I’ve pulled out every trick in my 10-year hat of working with young people and I’m still stumped. If you have caught lightening in a jar, tell me how you’ve done it. I’ll keep trying. I am stubborn. I am persistent. I have patience.
In other news, if you need to laugh, if you need to see something strange, see Red Rover, which is a children’s television show meets dark, dark comedy. It’s also by my friend Rey. He is very busy this month. This one, I had the pleasure of seeing as an installment in Vampire Cowboy’s Saturday Night Saloon series, but now, the five installments are one big play.
Monday February 16th at 8pm; Tuesday February 17th at 8pm
Written by A. Rey Pamatmat
Directed by Dominic D’Andrea
Original Music by Matt Park
Canada’s favorite Children’s live studio audience Television Show now in the US featuring the lovable Red Rover and Miss Clover and their musical adventures with counting, shapes, colors, and MURDER! A smash hit straight from the red hot Vampire Cowboys Saturday Night Saloon Series.
TJ Clark, Matt Park, Margo Brooke Pellmar, David Spangler, Alexis Black and more!
All performances will take place at the West End Theatre, 263 West 86th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue) Tickets to all shows are $15 and can be purchased at the door, by calling 212-352-3101, or by visiting:
THE FUTURE OF THE ARTS
Through the advocacy of the Association of Teaching Artists and Americans for the Arts, the Coburn amendment did not pass, which would have barred artists and arts organizations will be assisted by the stimulus package, like everyone else. We were lumped in with casinos, zoos, highway beautification projects. These things, apparently, are frills. But, small victories, right? If you have time to send some nice old-fashioned thank you notes, please do…
This, from Americans for the Arts (2/13/09):
Just moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives approved their
final version of the Economic Recovery bill by a vote of 246-183. We
can now confirm that the package DOES include $50 million in direct
support for arts jobs through National Endowment for the Arts grants.
We are also happy to report that the exclusionary Coburn Amendment
language banning certain arts groups from receiving any other economic
recovery funds has also been successfully removed. Tonight the Senate
is scheduled to have their final vote, and President Obama plans to
sign the bill on Monday – President’s Day.
A United Voice
This is an important victory for all of you as arts advocates. More
than 85,000 letters were sent to Congress, thousands of calls were
made, and hundreds of op-eds, letters to the editor, news stories, and
blog entries were generated in print and online media about the role
of the arts in the economy. Artists, business leaders, mayors,
governors, and a full range of national, state, and local arts groups
all united together on this advocacy issue. This outcome marks a
stunning turnaround of events and exemplifies the power of grassroots
We would like to also thank some key leaders on Capitol Hill who
really carried our voices into the conference negotiation room and
throughout the halls of Congress: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-
CA), House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI), House Interior
Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Norm Dicks (D-WA), and
Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY). We also
want to publicly thank President Obama for taking the early lead in
recognizing the role of the arts in economic development. These
leaders were able to convincingly make the case that protecting jobs
in the creative sector is integral to the U.S. economy.
To whom to e-mail a THANK YOU!
House Speaker Representative Nancy Pelosi
House Appropriations Commiitee Chair Representative David Obey
House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior Chair Representative
Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Representative Louise McIntosh