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The great thing about the arts, and especially popular music, is that it really does cut across genres and races and classes.
Mixed martial arts was invented by Brazilians, whose families had been trained by the Japanese. Those Brazilians came to the U.S., where their invention was bought out, gussied up and presented to the world, which found it good.
I think the problem with the arts in America is how unimportant it seems to be in our educational system.
Storage problems make neon signs the most ephemeral of commercial arts.
An arts degree is like a diploma in origami. And about as much use.
J. G. Ballard
I'm one of the strongest advocates for the arts you'll ever find!
You have kids studying master class visual arts who are pushed to make films that will be successful economically; that's what they focus on. So they work for corporate interest instead of artistic expression.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
I went to Cal Arts and AFI, and I worked on 'Bonfire Of The Vanities.' I got this grant from the Academy to be Brian De Palma's apprentice director. And it was such a harrowing, disillusioning, awful experience.
That's why I ended up going to Lancaster University, because they had a visual arts course, and in the first year it was like a broad visual arts course in sculpture, painting, graphics - all of that.
Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?
In various fields, such as science, technology, sports, business and the arts, immigrants enrich our culture every single day.
Charles B. Rangel
Community colleges are great bargains. They avoid the fancy amenities four-year liberal arts colleges need in order to lure the children of the middle class.
Arts is just as important as military defense, you know? Emotional defense is just as important.
I'd love to open a camp focusing on the arts accessible to kids from all income brackets.
The arts are a celebration of life.
I was a very interested arts student, I was always into that part of school and when I got into high school I went into architectural drafting. It gave me an understanding of how to build things and it's really helped me put things in perspective. With my music and my movies, to me it's all art.
I don't think any particular painters have inspired me, except in a general sense. It was more a matter of corroboration. The visual arts, from Manet onwards, seemed far more open to change and experiment than the novel, though that's only partly the fault of the writers. There's something about the novel that resists innovation.
J. G. Ballard
It's our responsibility for the village to say, 'Hey we're going to create these programs,' whether it's sports, creative arts, music, we need some things to give young people positive things to do, and that's including jobs.
I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding.
The history of jazz lets us know that this period in our history is not the only period we've come through together. If we truly understood the history of our national arts, we'd know that we have mutual aspirations, a shared history, in good times and bad.
I wasn't very aware of pop music because I attended an arts school. For me, it was all about jazz.
Funding for sports (and the arts) are often the first things facing the chop in difficult times.
I've been learning martial arts since I was 8 years old.
British innovation in design, in the creative arts, in engineering and manufacturing is world class.
When I graduated from high school, I got accepted to York University, Fine Arts film program.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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