• They believe that art in its many forms is an ideal way for people of different languages and histories to communicate in beneficial ways.
• Experiencing art can allow people to view the world in which they find themselves as a richer, more fulfilling space than otherwise.
• They have view art as homage to the past and hope for the future.
•If you wish to support the creation of art and artistic performance, how can you do so?
• Make sure that art in many forms is part of the curriculum in all our schools.
• Buy tickets to amateur and professional art and photography shows and to concerts, recitals and theatrical productions.
• Tell your friends about your pleasure in attending arts events.
• Donate generously to arts organizations.
• Take part in arts events in whatever manner possible. Join a theater company, play in a band, exhibit your photographs.
If you are an artist, actor or musician, spend all the time you can afford to make your art a creative statement of your thoughts about life, and a generous gift to those for whom your message is intended. Trivial art is produced by trivial people. Do your best to make your art a gift of honesty and beauty to share with others. It’s always hard work, and it’s always worth the effort.
If you can think of other reasons and ways to support the arts, please join Justice Ginsburg, Justice Scalia and others of our nation’s highest court by sharing those ideas with all who will listen.
Dr. Janet Nepkie is a member of the music industry faculty in the music department of the State University College at Oneonta. Her columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/musicbeat.