Friday, April 8, 2011

"So, Does It Matter?"

Kevin Spacey spoke this week at the 24th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  In a stimulating and thoughtful forty minutes, Spacey offers a brilliant and moving account of the arts' as a Pegasus, a fountain of possibility and opportunity for people in a world of struggle and torment.  A question he repeatedly poses throughout the lecture about art, "So, does it matter?"  is one I have recently been asking myself.  I play guitar with a few different bands and enjoy making music, but with such pressing matters all around I question if that time wouldn't be better spent doing other things?  Does it matter?  Kevin Spacey, thank you for your valuable insights, they are an inspiration.

"Ask not what your country can do for the arts, ask what the arts can do for your country."  Kevin Spacey, 4.4.2011

For the full video, which is not on Youtube yet, follow this link:  Kevin Spacey @ the 24th Annual Nancy Hanks lecture.