Here's my Op Ed in the Portland Tribune
. I've mentioned these things time and again... most recently in my 2011 year end wrap-up
and a detailed look at regional survey shows
. This one was for a more general audience but also places the discussion of excellence and relevance in a wider civic context.
It is true that our art universities and museums have come a long way but it is time to finish the job, not become complacent. Here's a relevant passage from Ibsen's An Enemy of the People
that I couldn't fit:
Dr. Stockmann: "They [the young] are the people who are going to stir up the fermenting forces of the future, Peter."
Mayor Peter Stockmann: "May I ask what they will find here to 'stir up. . . ."
Dr. Stockmann: "Ah, you must ask the young people that"
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