June 03, 2010

The Arts of War ... and Peace

Posted 23:00PM on June 03 2010 by Brigadier General Nolen Bivens, U.S. Army, Ret. | User Comments (4) Categories: Blue Star Museums | Tags: Arts, Blue star museums, Military

This past April, in my capacity as a board member of Americans for the Arts, I testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies in support of the NEA’s budget. It might seem odd that a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General would testify on behalf of an arts agency, but throughout my 32-year career, I have seen numerous instances in which the arts have benefitted both our national security needs and our active and transitioning military personnel. I firmly believe that our arts community is a national asset and treasure with tremendous potential to contribute to the United States government’s ability to deal with the national security challenges it faces.

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