If You Are Worried About Arts Funding, Here Is What You Can Do

I am seeing posts everywhere of people worried about the arts funding that President Trump is cutting. I am all for the arts, trust me. I love to go to museums and to draw and to be creative. But none of it is dependent on the government. You have to realize we are in heavy debt in the USA, about $20 trillion! That is a hard number to even imagine but it is an extremely high number. The arts programs are usually the first to go but don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do.

1)  Do things on your own. It is not difficult. Art supplies are available to you. Even the dollar store carries art supplies. A pencil and plain notebook are basics. Get your own supplies and work on smaller scales. People can easily teach themselves how to do things. If there is a will, there is a way.

2) Pass art to your kids and family and friends. A neighborhood girl taught me how to draw when I was a kid. My mother taught me how to crochet.  Then I learned how to knit from regular women on YouTube. Learn and pass it on.

3) Make your businesses a gallery. Some churches and local businesses would love to display your framed art.  There are local cafes here that put up paintings with price tags or numbers or more information underneath if you want to purchase local art.

4) Visit museums. I am fortunate living near Los Angeles having a lot of museums to go to and all the big names are there including Degas, Picasso and Renoir. The cost is very minimal and students get a discount. It is one of my favorite things to do and I can spend hours in a museum. Some towns have free museums. Several of the local libraries put up displays year round.

5) You can find all sorts of things on the net. You can get free documentaries, free shows for kids. Information and videos are at your fingertips for just about anything and it is all free.

6) There are community classes. Have you checked to see if your town offers classes? They are usually at a small fee for an instructor and a class.

7) People are worried that youth will go to gangs if they have nothing to do. Now is the time for churches to step up and open their doors to the youth. Offer free classes.  Someone in your church probably already knows how to play the piano or the guitar and could mentor some kids. Never let kids be alone with an adult. Go with them and help out in a class next to them. You sew quilts while someone teaches guitar to your preteens in the next room with the door open. My dad used to sit in the room and read while my sis and I took classes.

 

Now is the time to look into a part time job or another career if you were an artist. It is more of a side thing anyways.  Sometimes we have to work as a waiter or waitress  so we can afford paint.  Perhaps if you like the new small business atmosphere that is going on you will open a business that promotes the arts. People also need to stop panicking and acting like Sesame Street is the best show on TV. When my kids were small they didn’t even like that show. We were Barney fans! I don’t even know if that show is around still but we had DVDs of Barney, too. You are not going to miss anything. Maybe instead of sticking them in front of a TV you will go do something like take them to a park or museum and pass on some traditions on your own. NPR is not the only radio station. This is modern times, go for podcasts or news online or from Twitter feeds. It’s not the end of the world. Just time to be more creative on how you do things.

 

 

Related Links:

Pull Back the Curtain on NPR and PBS Salaries! That’ll Convince You Trump’s Right to Cut, Cut, Cut! – 100% Fed Up 3/18/17

Five Reasons Why Trump Is Right To Cut NPR, PBS – Breitbart

 

Indoctrination: Canadian schools are teaching children that GMOs are safe

repost 3-19-17 from Natural News

Indoctrination: Canadian schools are teaching children that GMOs are safe

(Natural News) Four of the world’s largest pesticide corporations – Syngenta, Bayer, Dow, and Dupont – would like to educate your kids about the benefits of all the chemical and genetic experiments that are being engineered on natural foods. That’s why they collectively sponsor the “Agriculture in the Classroom” program, which is nothing more than an advertising outlet to promote their pesticide-ridden, GMO products to the next generation.

These four companies own 54 percent of the global pesticide market and have taken over 36 percent of the global seed market. All that stands in their way is a generation of informed people who might reject this monopoly on seeds and chemical assault on natural foods. That’s why the industry is now striving to indoctrinate schoolchildren on the benefits of GMOs, why GMOs must feed the world, and why pesticides are so safe.

The program’s lesson plans teach “how important it is to make informed decisions which are based on fact.” Of course the industry’s propaganda is to be accepted blindly as fact.

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network is speaking out against this insidious corporate product promotion which is now taking place in Canadian schools. “This webinar is blatant corporate product promotion for the GM apple. It’s certainly not a neutral presentation of genetic modification to students,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

The program’s webinar, presented on March 7, 2017, blatantly promoted a newly developed strain of genetically modified apple that doesn’t brown. The natural enzymes that cause the apple to brown have been altered. This creates a new kind of apple “property” that corporations can claim intellectual property rights to. The new product is called the “Arctic Apple.” Even so, it won’t be labeled as genetically modified, and will be promoted as natural. Even though the natural enzymes have been changed (which could change how it’s digested), this apple will be promoted as superior to apples that brown and degrade. These kinds of genetic modifications allow corporations to sell genetically-manipulated designer foods that can better appeal to uninformed, supermarket shoppers.

“This is an industry attempting to manufacture a need for its product by implanting the idea in school children that browning apples are not fit to eat,” said Sharon Labchuk of Earth Action PEI. “The Arctic Apple seems destined for the sliced and bagged fresh apple market. Eating whole apples is better for the environment and our health, but fresh sliced apples dipped in Vitamin C to prevent browning are already available in grocery stores.”

This kind of propaganda has already been used in U.S. schools, especially at the university level. Not everyone is taking it submissively. Canadian farmers are rejecting the GM apple in droves. Former high-school administrator and now Vice-Chair of the Council of Canadians, Leo Broderick, spoke out, “This corporate intrusion into our schools is unacceptable. We can’t let corporations teach our students and we are calling on all provincial Ministers of Education to put a halt to this webinar and protect students from this corporate propaganda.”

He’s right: the world’s largest pesticide corporations have no business indoctrinating students. The industry has already taken over much of the natural world. All they need now are young minds.

Sources include:

NaturalBlaze.com

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