I received this email request from a number of people and you might have as well, but I think it's important so I am including in my post tonight:
You may already have received this, but it is so important, I'm passing it along: Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, the United States has never created such a position. We need the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues. http://www.petitiononline.com/esnyc/petition.html If the link does not work just copy and paste it to your browser.