Posts tagged ‘Museums’

March 18, 2012

Why I LOVE American Cities …New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, D.C., L.A. is the Place For Me!!!

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

One of the greatest things about American cities has always been that the Arts [museums, theater, libraries, etc.] were/are available to ALL people. Even those living in the adjoining neighborhoods, suburbs or for New York City, the boroughs – are able to take advantage, for the small prize of public transportation, of many cultural and educational venues. Sadly, the “dumbing  down”  of our populace is suggesting that these activities are some how “elitist”. This is not only a fallacy but additionally a dangerous concept. Why dangerous? The answer is quite simply – without the ability to have EVERYONE expand their horizons, this great nation will be demeaned and further segregated – all leading to less progress and much more strife. We MUST fight against the current right wing zealots who for whatever reasons, want to defund PBS [G-d forbid Big Bird should influence your child], NPR and Arts in public school.

Those of us – like myself and now my children – who have the advantages that afford both the country and city life experience, along with private school education – will be just fine. However, one must acknowledge that even those of us so blessed can not live in a bubble and denying the general public the same opportunities will diminish us all eventually. Who does not personally know or at least have read about someone who if not for publicly financed/sponsored arts would have been lost to a life of tragedy?.One need look no further than many current music stars to find such a glorious American story.

My husband joins me in being thrilled that our twin sons will be frequent Museum goers – having access to NYC multiple marvelous venues [where else can one see a Cindy Sherman retrospective?] and Philadelphia [like the current Up Close Van Gogh Philadelphia Art Museum exhibit – which just yesterday we decided will be the boys first Museum experience, as well as the Annenberg Children Theater series this Spring] when we are there. Additionally, we decided before their birth to do other city excursions specifically for The Arts & Sciences – this should not be limited to us privileged few – if you think Wall Street v. Main Street is important class warfare, then trust me Jersey Shore v. Broadway/MOMA  is an equal class division to be fought against!!!

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