Friday, March 13, 2009

Do We Need a Minister of Culture?

A call for President-elect Barack Obama to give the arts and humanities a Cabinet-level post -- perhaps even create a secretary of culture -- is gaining momentum. By yesterday, 76,000 people had signed an online petition, started by two New York musicians who were inspired by producer Quincy Jones. In a radio interview in November, Jones said the country needed a minister of culture, like France, Germany or Finland has. And he said he would "beg" Obama to establish the post. You can read more about the petition in the Washington Post.

What do you think? Should the U.S. have a secretary of culture? Post your opinions in the comments section.