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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critic's Choice: Happy Feet

Andrew discusses the benefits of organized dance.

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2 Responses to “Happy Feet”

  1. Mark G. Nichols says:

    Dear Mr. Patner, I always enjoy your take on issues about the arts in Chicago. But in my opinion you are hoping for the impossible from our Mayor. Remember your comments on his treatment of our librarys and librarians. Look how he demonizes the teachers and other city workers unions, how he treated the occupiers, how he tried to push extremly represive laws about public assembly during the NATO conference,how he discouraged Obama from prosecuting the wallstreet criminals who destroyed our economy,etc. The school board of corporate heads that he appointed, who don’t know a thing about education, fired me and many other artists who were working with challengered teens at the Ray Grahm center on south Wabash after we had worked there for over a decade doing art therapy workshops every week with great reviews. All he cares about is turning our public schools into for profit schools for his friends and destroying the power of the teachers union. He may encourage arts in education at a few schools so he looks good but most of our kids will get squat. He only cares about his wealthy friends. He considers the rest of us as livestock to be used and then disposed of when no longer useful. He uses all his training in dance to dance around the truth. He is as much of a liar as Romney is but he’s better at it.

  2. Great piece, Andrew,

    We clearly need to have more of your kind of enthusiasm to help the city’s cultural plan gain traction. It won’t be an easy project because of years of neglect by prior administrations and our current economic woes, but I think your closing comments about the Harris program indicates the distinct possibility that broad-based community support, the efforts of nonprofits dedicated at least in part to the promulgation of art, all combined with what limited resources the city is able to contribute can make a significant difference in the lives of Chicago’s youth.

    Let’s hope that with the encouragement of you and others that share the vision the “education” part of justifying 501(c)(3) status starts to pay big dividends for our city and our children.

    Best as always,

    Milan

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