Our willingness to support all kinds of artists adds to the diversity of our experiences and makes our culture richer. Our past is the foundation of our culture. We preserve our history in order to learn from its successes and its failures and to make our culture more robust.
I relate to artists because there is an artistic side to my nature. Artists pour so much effort and love into their creations, and their works can provide us with valuable insights into ourselves and our culture. It is hard to quantify the value of those insights, though, and as a result, there has been more of an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in our schools than STEAM (which includes the Arts). Whether by supporting STEAM or finding other ways for the community to provide our children with the means for artistic expression, I want to work more with the arts community toward that goal.
I have helped promote local artists by producing the “ART in ARlingTon” series on Arlington Community Media (ACMi) and creating my own series which showcases my experimental video & music art. I have also supported and participated in the process that led to the development of the Arlington Arts and Culture Action Plan.
Through media we learn to forge connections between ourselves and others. As a member of the Select Board, I will use my background in video communication to open new channels of communication between the residents of Arlington and our elected officials, and work to strengthen ties and collaboration with organizations and individuals throughout Arlington.