4A Arts envisions a United States where arts and culture are taken into consideration during all decision-making processes for American society and elected leaders; where equitable access to all arts for all Americans is possible; where arts and artists are employed for achieving the goals of individuals and communities; where arts are used as tools to solve systemic-wide problems in seemingly unrelated industries; and where arts are given representation and support at the local, state and federal level – particularly with a United States Department of Arts & Culture.
Hi, friends, fellow artists and audience members. Welcome to 4A Arts.
Years ago at my 80th birthday, I asked my friends and colleagues to create an activist organization akin to the “AARP of Arts & Culture”. I had seen the impact AARP had made for senior citizens throughout the United States – advocating at the local, state and federal level, greater respect for the demographic, education, information, research, and the occasional perks just for being a member.
Why on earth don’t we, working with existing groups, have a member-based advocacy organization working on behalf of artists and audiences who are the economic engine of small towns and big cities in all fifty states?
Well, no one took my suggestion at my 80th birthday. So when I was 85, I started 4A Arts.
I’ve stepped away from directing 4A Arts but remain as the chair of the board because this is a movement near and dear to my heart. And I’m excited to see where a new team takes this vision.
I firmly believe that nothing spurs the American economy like creativity and nothing spurs American creativity like the arts.
I hope you’ll join our movement, become a member, and get involved. Nothing less than the soul of America is at stake.
I’m thrilled to welcome you to 4A Arts.“Thrilled” might seem hyperbolic, but it’s no exaggeration. I firmly believe that the 4As Art mission can help build a membership of millions that will help our country see its own humanity instead of its divisions. Yes, I think 4As, along with the arts organizations with which we will work, are the key to saving our democracy, our economy, our society and our planet. In the midst of our modern-day noise, art helps us slow down, ground ourselves, listen, and re-connect.
So welcome to 4A Arts. You play two roles – as artist and audience.But your most important role is saving the soul of America. Thank you for joining us.