Editorial: We need arts more than ever

In the increasingly coarse and crude environment in which much of civic life exists today the arts are far more than a frill or a drain on public resources.

Indeed the arts are a desperately needed and necessary lift to the human spirit, and a reprieve from divisiveness and rancor surrounding us. And thus it is the worst possible time to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities or privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as the Trump Administration has proposed.

The arts are what bring us together in the lives of our communities. They are the expression of who we are and what is possible. They are beauty and a window into our world.

So what can you do? Join with others Thursday for Arts Day 2017. Attend Arts Day events at Overture Center. Sign petitions on line at www.votervoice.net. We need the arts now more than ever.