Response to the ARTS ACTION Questionnaire By Mayoral Candidate, FAITH Addressing Citywide issues Implement legislation which will ensure that the function and integrity of the arts, in all their forms, be fully infused into the creation of a new inter-cultural governmental paradigm. STARS WAR is a mechanism delivering arts and entertainment 24 hours around the clock while simultaneously purifying and transforming a government, designed to be dysfunctional, into becoming a participatory democracy –involving community input through access to the arts and their many marvelous facets of expression and communication. Indeed, art and culture is the connective tissue of Democracy without which a communication in a pluralist society may not exist. Personal Connection I studied dance under scholarship with American Master of Dance, Ted Shawn, at Jacob’s Pillow and the Italian Cachets technique under Madame Toscanini. I participated for 3 years in the east and west coast Actors’ Studio, and have been in several Broadway shows including the hit show and movie, Gypsy as Miss Mazeppa. My mother, a concert pianist studied under Arthur Schnabel through the Arts Outreach of President FDRoosevelt’s New Deal. As mayor I will bring forth a new Intercultural State of the Arts. I say Inter-cultural not only in the inclusive but inter-related sense, a distinction recognizing arts power to combat pain and alienation and poverty while bringing joy and healing to ALL the community. As part of my life experience and discipline I have engineered a plan for a whole new Intercultural Arts State- a government of art that is a work of ART, connecting EVERYONE Arts Education and Programs for our Youth This area will be pivotal in applying a focus of resources, especially of the human kind-that of teaching artists (in person and through satellite). Arts will be infused throughout the school curriculum providing beneficial physical, mental and emotional health of the youth and the community in general. Many leading and simultaneously unemployed artists can/ will teach and give master classes fed into the communities, its schools, senior and youth centers by artists giving back to the community and in some cases receiving stipends, in other cases donating monies. There will evolve a natural ebb and flow of funding as the communities grow and invest in this holistic human and humane development. The arts will also provide a training ground for basic social skills as well as a gateway to employment and other productive outcomes for the youth. The New Administrations Role in the Creative Community I think the mayor’s role is to facilitate access to the many benefits of the arts to the greater community. And that delivery of the arts, “penicillin”, so to speak, will require the participation and involvement of several/many governmental agencies including: Mental Health, Health and Human Services, Office of Aging, Youth Services, Corrections, Office of Employment, etc. It is also the mayor’s the role to involve the Creative Community in supporting the nurturance of talent and access to the arts in the neighborhood community centers and schools and to recognize the community as an asset and a resource worthy of it’s investment and partnership. Economics and the Creative Community Yes, of course the funding will naturally be commensurate and the government will be so structured as to nurture more artistic expression and outreach than done currently. The challenge and responsibility here is not to just make DC a world-class arts center but to do so in a way that manifests positive fallout affecting and involving the greater community. The Roosevelt’s Arts Order – Stars War will achieve that positive fallout, combating poverty and pain. A World Class Arts Destination This is that decisive question which is so encouraging because it connects the dots back to that precious resource of the community, it’ s richness, it’s history, and it’s peoples. It’s lack of participation in democracy!!! A shame, which will be apparent when the tourists understand what’s happening to us, is what’s also happening to them. It will be through the expression of art, transmitting history, struggle, identity, that the country will experience the contradiction existing in it’s capital and participate in correcting an injustice which permeates throughout the land. In this way the tourists and the city will be able to reconcile the dichotomy of “ the Mall” and the neighborhoods. Your Priorities To bring DC Statehood to the Nation through a plebiscite as a national referendum making DC a new State of the Arts. Also to showcase the New Intercultural Arts State – New Columbia as a model for a holistic government facilitating a participatory democracy manifest through the arts. This State of Art will be a shelter against Pain and Poverty and can be spread throughout the country. (Please visit www. Faith4mayor and study the wheel titled the Working of the Will of the People) Through my life experience and disciplines I have engineered a plan for a whole new Intercultural Arts State.