Phew! I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to move forward past the politics that held us captive for the last year. Perceptions were torn apart and re-created. At the 21CMposium, a number of speakers, like flutist Sarah Robinson, spoke about the idea of challenging perceptions. In her Talk21, Robinson provides her own story of following the traditional career path in music as a cautionary and ultimately uplifting tale. She also serves as our final POP curator for 2016.
Associate Editor Elizabeth Nonemaker considers women in music who have inspired her most and why. And finally, Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts provides ample reason for you to become an outspoken advocate. Cohen introduces the C.R.E.A.T.E. Act, an important piece of legislation every artist should know about, and gives steps on how to advocate for music and the arts.
The arts are probably the most effective tool that exists to challenge perceptions and prompt change in our society. But they require artists open to the road less traveled like Robinson, who put a mirror up to bias like Nonemaker, or who teach us to advocate for our future like Cohen. We, as artists, must both challenge and be allowed to be challenged, if we want change.