Great Cultural Perforamances for All

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Exposure to, understanding of, participation in/with Great Culture is enriching.  It expands our minds, gives us depth, expands our world view, makes us smarter and more compassionate, elevates our station, allows transcendence over grief and banality, gives us a reason to strive for something better.

Even though my family of 4 is what many in this country would consider well off, the price of tickets to cultural events like plays, musicals, and ballets gives me great pause.  I just purchased tickets to see a show, with a dinner reservation at the theater for my friend and I and the total bill was $220.  That is a lot of money.  We could certainly not afford that kind of theatre going very often, and this is being written by a person who got a university degree in the dramatic arts, spent a number of years as a professional singer/actor in plays and musicals, and has spent the rest of my life participating in the arts in one way or another.

Being a performer, I intimately understand that creating a production of any kind is expensive and requires the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of many.  Creating a new work of art is a gift to the ages, as Stephen Sondheim wrote in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, “Look, I made a hat…Where there never was a hat.”  And the people who do this creative work, deserve to be paid well for it.

But the cost of going to the see a play or musical, ballet or symphony is exorbitant.   The thought of taking the whole family to see a show makes us consider what else we could possibly give up that same month.

This begs the question:  WHO IS THEATER FOR?  Shouldn’t grand culture be for everyone? Most of society is starved for cultural experience and cannot afford it.  Individuals benefit greatly from exposure to great culture, yet it can only be regularly consumed by a select few.   The benefits of an individual’s cultural literacy extends to the larger society.  Filled with people who have an appreciation of fine art, theater, music, and dance are more likely to expect more from life.  If only great cultural experiences could be delivered and consumed in an affordable way!

We live in an era of technology.

If live performance is too expensive to be consumed in person, it can be recorded and electronically delivered.  Kids get so much from experiencing live performance live and in person.  Btu they can sitll get a lot from watching a recording of it.  If it is not AS good, it is still pretty close.

Can’t more venues record the performances so kids can see them at home or at school?

If there is not a budget to take children to the great museums of the world, schools can and should make an effort to go online and help kids discover the art as it is available online.

I sing to kids in schools.  Some of these schools are designated as Title 1, meaning

These children NEED and deserve exposure to cultural experiences just as much as anyone.

Human capital must be recognized, understood and appreciated, nurtured and cultivated.

Everybody matters.  Everyone should reach their potential, their Divine Design.

The world NEEDs every person to achieve his or her Divine Design.

Exposure to Great Culture is an essential element in allowing this to happen, for the transcendental treasures it gives.

On the other side of the coin, however, I recently bought tickets to see

Recording of live performances could be shown in movie theaters (like some opera events are currently being shown), libraries, school multi-purpose rooms, church basements and community centers.  If people can’t get to the theater, bring the theater to the people.

Some opera performances are being live broadcast to movie theaters, but this could be done with recordings and on a much larger scale to include Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End, Ballet, Cabaret, Regional Theater…all of it.

Artists and arts professionals would flourish by the wider audience and culturally under served audiences would flourish from their exposure to the art.  It is win-win.

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Category: BIG IDEAS

This page catalogs posts that hash out and collecting info on ideas/solutions that seem to me need to be done to make the world a better place.

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Great Cultural Performances for Everybody
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/great-cultural-perforamances-for-all/

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SUPPORT GROUPS FOR CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/big-idea-support-groups-for-chronic-pain-sufferers/

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Big Idea: Support Groups for Chronic Pain Sufferers

This issue is close to my heart since someone very close to me is a sufferer of chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Sufferers will be refereed to as CPS.

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My Big Idea is for:

Support groups to inform, empower and support CPS.

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Why a support group is needed:
The Health Care Catch-22.  Our society ties health care to a job benefit.  It is hard to excel and succeed in a job as a CPS .  It is hard to keep a job as a CPS.  Yet CPS need health care more than anyone.

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Topic to discuss at support group meetings:

  • How to behave as a chronic pain sufferer.  People who suffer from chronic pain can learn modes of behavior so they can be more successful in their jobs
  • What are CPS disability rights? Understanding one’s rights according to and protections provided by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EOEC) imperative and The Americans with Liabilities Act (ADA)
  • How to take advantage of protections afforded by EOEC and ADA without employer backlash
  • How to obtain effective and affordable health care
  • How to get pain medications without humiliation and accusations of drug seeking
  • How to solve the Health Care Catch-22 of CPS needing health care that is tied to a job that is hard to keep because of CP.

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Descriptive Ideas for the Support Group

  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Weigh Watchers have support systems for their members, so should CPS
  • A place to get support, information, help, resources and empowerment
  • A place to find a way to create a plan and achieve benchmarks to success
  • A place to access to counselors (job, career, psychological, emotional), life coaches, resource managers, ADA or EOEC officers, Affordable Health Care advisers, etc.
  • A place for members to exchange ideas.
  • A place for member to develop strategies and catalog best practices (maybe a website or blog to catalog, archive and convey all the findings, information, best practices, resources, ideas, etc.)

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RESOURCES &/OR RESOURCE LEADS

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Americans with Disabilities Act homepage:
http://www.ada.gov/

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Americans with Disabilities Act (described on Understood.org)
https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/your-childs-rights/basics-about-childs-rights/ada-protecting-your-childs-civil-rights

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ADA Facts on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website:
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs-ada.cfm

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Better Help Online Counseling
Support and guidance from a professional counselor has been shown to make big changes.
https://www.betterhelp.com/faq/

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Disability.gov
https://www.disability.gov/

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Discrimination at Work: Understanding Your Child’s Rights
https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/choosing-changing-schools/leaving-high-school/discrimination-at-work-understanding-your-childs-rights

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Emotional Fitness Training Blog:
http://emotionalfitnesstraining.com/2015/02/18/betrayed-how-to-hold-on-to-the-good/

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),
http://www.eeoc.gov/index.cfm

Cut/Paste from EEOC Website

Overview
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

Jobs and Internships at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
EEOC hires in many locations around the country for investigators, mediators, attorneys and administrative and clerical positions. listed at USAJOBS See USAJobs.Gov for a list of current vacancies.

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US General Services Administration: Resources for Americans with Disabilities webpage:
http://gsa.gov/portal/content/193773

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Understood.org (for learning and attention issues)
A website for parent who have children that have learning issues, but this site has a lot of great info on it:
https://www.understood.org/en

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United States Office of Personnel Management Disability Employment Hiring webpage:
http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

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Category: Distracted Driving

This is a collection of posts and information related to the issue and dangers of distracted driving.

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Don’t Text and Drive:
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/dont-text-and-drive/

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Collection of  posts and information to explore the topic of American Gun Culture

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SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND GUN CULTURE IN AMERICA
Smart Thinking about the Second Amendment and the Gun Culture in America:
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/smart-thinking-from-smart-people-about-the-second-amendment-and-the-gun-culture-in-america/

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GUN CULTURE IN AMERICA AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
Smart Thinking about the Second Amendment and the Gun Culture in America:
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/smart-thinking-from-smart-people-about-the-second-amendment-and-the-gun-culture-in-america/

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DO GUNS MAKE US SAFER? SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SAYS NO.
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/do-guns-make-us-safer-scientific-research-says-no/

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JEFFREY TOOBIN’S ARTICLE ON THE 2ND AMENDMENT
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/my-two-cents-jeffrey-toobins-blog-about-second-amendment/

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The More Guns the More Dangerous the Climate for Living
The states with most lax gun laws have the most gun violence.  More guns equals more violence, equals more danger (not less as gun proponents would like to think).
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/13/24-7-wall-st-states-most-gun-violence/71003050/?hootPostID=8d4fbb1a0aa32a8df1a2eece630e9ad9

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