We Hold Culture and the Arts to be Self Evident


Happy Easter friends! *does a shimmy and a happy dance* We’re happy to announce that we made it to round 3 of the Great Arts Blogger Challenge. With our fingers crossed (purple and gold polished nails included), we are elated to still be in the running!  Our next question is: Many countries have ministries of culture. Does America need a Secretary of Culture or Secretary of the Arts? Why or why not?

A belle says loud and proud: heck YES, a Secretary of Culture/Arts (SOC/A) is needed in America.

Why oh why you ask? Because there is a lot of culture that many Americans don’t even have a clue about. Take the instance of the Gullah/Geechee people, who are descendants of slaves that worked in rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. The interesting thing about the Gullah/Geechee people is they have maintained their African heritage and speak their own English-based creole language. If America had a SOC or SOA to enlighten not only Americans, but the world, on American History then we would all be much happier and enriched.

We need an authoritative figure who can improve cultural tourism and expose the arts to all Americans and visitors.

Let’s face it, we live in one of the best countries in the world and the sis and I are appalled that we don’t have a SOC/SOA by now. It’s 2012. What in the world are we waiting on? Other countries including China, South Africa, Spain, Cambodia, Russia, and France to name a skinny few, have an arts super-hero they can depend on to protect and promote their national heritage/culture. Why can’t we have the same?

ArtBLT was created to expose everyone to diverse art offerings. Though we try to do what we can, we can’t possibly do it alone. This is where a sweet little SOC/SOA would come in and help a belle out. We strongly believe that our country should have a national liaison between the people, culture and the arts.

We often lament on how young people are completely oblivous to the arts in our own city, let alone our nation. When we mention Sonia Sanchez, Herbie Hancock, various ballet/acrobat performances, plays or other fab artists/art events, one is often met with the cross-eyed stare from youngsters and far too many adults.

Isn’t it sad that many people spend their whole lives never having seen a ballet, opera or live musical performance (not that junk with auto-tune and lip-syncing)? To us that should be a crime punishable by paper cuts and hot lemon juice. A SOC/SOA could help promote the arts to these people so they can understand the cultural tapestry of our country.

A SOC/SOA could help highlight artistic areas of America and preserve our rich culture–say the cultural and artistic scenes in Birmingham, California, NY, Charlotte, ATL, etc. The artistic achievements of not only artists like Warhol, but Winfred Rembert and Elizabeth Catlett needs to be celebrated nationally. A SOC/SOA could make this happen!

Sure, we have the National Endowment of the Arts, but it will be cool to have a post that specifically focuses on the arts and cultural tourism, engaging people on American culture and the different subset cultures that go along with it.

Don’t you think it would be great to go to one site that is housed by the U.S. government, and points viewers in the direction of artists homes, landmarks with cultural/artistic heritage, hip cultural spots (like juke joints), and more instead of one spending massive amounts of time on Google looking for a little cultural fun to get into?

Let’s celebrate the arts all day every day. And let’s get on the bandwagon to bring it to the forefront by starting with this conversation. We needed a SOC/SOA last century! Hopefully, we won’t have to wait any longer.

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The ArtBelles are two sisters (not twins) born and raised in Birmingham, AL that enjoy traveling around the globe and finding new things…all while bickering ’til the sun comes up. These sisters share the cutest doggie on the planet and are always looking for their next adventure. Want to know what the best part is? They are willing to share it with you! The ArtBelles love quick jaunts, good reads, stellar food, and all things indie. ArtBLT’s goal is to create a deep seated love and appreciation for art and the artists that help make the world a happier place.

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