I attended Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts in 1992. Over the years, the program has inspired countless artists and educators. Now, the proposed budget from Gov. Ed Rendell in PA does not, currently, include the Governor's School program at all.
This move would be a short-sighted disaster for the arts in Pennsylvania. It's disheartening that a program that costs so little and gives back so much could be viewed as worthy of the chopping block. Once a program like this is de-funded, getting it back is nigh impossible. It's not worth the short-term budget gains to eliminate something so vital.
If you attended, know someone who has, or simply love the arts and sciences, I urge you to sign this petition in protest.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.