by Jen Graves
on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM
If you see Sarah Jessica Parker wandering around Portland, this is why. It's a public-private pilot project announced by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
I'm glad whenever any work and money goes into restoring some semblance of equity in what is currently a devastatingly unequal situation in public American arts education (the inequity: schools where parents can afford to pay for extras get arts, the rest don't).
And I guess celebrities bring attention, which brings money. But I'd also like to see and hear follow-through and follow-up from the administration on grassroots-based projects like MusicianCorps, the program that piloted in 2009 in several cities including Seattle, but has trickled off.