The right wing is so banal and stupid it’s a national embarrasment to hear their sanctimonious blathering and glorification of ignorance. It would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous. Sarah Palin’s boneheaded statement that the National Endowment for the Arts is frivilous and unneccesary just reveals her as a shamelessly low level pea-brain and arrogant halfwit.
(Sarah Palin Trashes National Endowment for the Arts)
Now that technology has made art accessible to everyone, it’s no longer the exclusive property of the rich and privileged. YouTube is the world’s largest People’s Museum – art for everyone! Anything you can think of is available, for free, on YT. Lectures on painting, music from the past 1000 years performed by the world’s greatest musicians – all free for the clicking. Guided tours of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals, just a click away. Concerts, operas, ballet – all once the exclusive property of the ruling class now belong to everyone. No need to view the arts as snobbish or elitist. The world’s greatest artists came from humble origins and expressed the universality of the human experience.
Don’t be afraid to explore the arts on YouTube. If you have a favorite composer or one that you’re curious about, just type the name into YT’s search window and you’ll be inundated with riches beyond your wildest dreams. All for free.
Try Mozart, if you need a place to start. He came from the lower classes during a time that musicians were considered servants. Yet his monumental genius produced music that could be enjoyed by everyone.
His joyous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music – sound famiilar?) is accessible to one and all:
Or sample Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Daniel Barenboim, a great Beethovenian, is Artist as Activist. He created an orchestra of young Israelis and Palestinians called the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In the beginning, these suspicious young musicians wouldn’t even speak to each other. Now they play together all over the world. Barenboim would hide in the trunk of a car to cross the border into Palestine. Art for Peace.
If you want to learn more about Mozart, Beethoven, or any artist or creation, start with Wikipedia and YouTube. Knowledge has never been more available, free for the taking. There may be plenty of things to stress over in today’s world, but thanks to the digital revolution, knowledge, art, and just about anything you could want to know about are all free and available on the internet. There is no excuse for ignorance like Palin’s. Art and knowledge belong to the People.