Arts in a Time of Crisis

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In what one writer calls the -strange historical pause- before likely warfare, some artists want to get a word in edgewise. On Monday, actors in 49 countries will stage -the first-ever worldwide theatrical event for peace,- with some 817 readings of an anti-war play from ancient Greek literature. At the White House, to avoid anti-war protest, Laura Bush has cancelled her seminar on American poetry. As public funding of all kinds of art is threatened by budget shortfalls, what-s the role of the arts in times of historic conflict? Are they not important enough, or too important to be ignored? We hear from actress Christine Lahti, a theater critic who-s written about the artistic response to pending war on Iraq, syndicated radio talk show host Michael Medved, and administrators from the California Arts Council and Michigan-s Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
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Transportation Security Administration

The Lysistrata Project


The Madness of George Dubya

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Orlando Bagwell

Pan African Film Festival

Eve-s Bayou


Scary Movie



Warren Olney