- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009


As a subscriber to The Washington Times, I am surprised by the inflammatory tone of the recent editorial “Inartful politics” (Opinion, Sept. 14). The editorial presents an inaccurate and one-sided portrayal of Americans for the Arts, a bipartisan organization of which I have been a part for more than 20 years. As a lifelong arts advocate and proud Republican, I know firsthand that Americans for the Arts has worked with members on both sides of the aisle at the federal, state and local levels. In fact, the organization recently honored Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Republican, for his support of arts education in California. It also hosted an end-of-term thank-you ceremony and luncheon for former first lady Laura Bush, who is a great patron of the arts.

It troubles me to see The Washington Times attempting to turn the arts into a partisan issue. Every American deserves access to the arts, and every American child should experience quality arts education in and out of the classroom.


Virginia Commissioner for the Arts, 1998-2003


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