April 12, 2019


Learn it, Live it, Love it: The Artsy Edition

By: Cindy Cerquitella

Learn it:

I just got acquainted with two really interesting groups this week that I’m excited to introduce to all of you. The first is the John Quincy Adams Society, which is a nationwide group that focuses on foreign policy from a place of restraint. Those of you interested in pursuing a career in foreign policy, or learning more about alternatives to endless war, might enjoying learning more.

Second is Better Angels, a group formed after the 2016 presidential election that identifies opportunities where citizens from all sides of the political spectrum can converse and find common ground. They have a nationwide network of alliances where they host workshops and meetings that engage with others who think very differently then you might. Take a look!

Live it:

Last night, I attended the opening reception for the Cato Institute’s Freedom: Art as the Messenger exhibition. With over 2000 submissions, and 90 pieces selected and beautifully displayed over two floors at Cato’s HQ, the exhibition demonstrates what freedom means to each individual artist. You can view the work for free between 10 am and 4 pm Monday – Saturday. They will be hosting several discussions of the topic of art and expression through June 14.

No Kings Collective is also hosting a three-day pop up exhibit on DC’s 14th St. this weekend, filled to the brim with local artists. DC is full of creative talent, so don’t hesitate to support your local artists!

Not in DC? Your homework for the weekend is to find a private gallery or exhibit in your city and pay them a visit. If you like what you see, join as a member. Many have youth membership options at a discount (I’m a Contemporaries member at the Phillips Collection). Not only will you get exclusive access and great networking opportunities, but you’ll also be contributing to art free from government subsidy and censorship.

Love it:

Three cheers for Arizona, where this week, a bill was signed that allows individuals that move to Arizona with a skilled labor license to get right to work, without undergoing time-consuming or costly relicensing procedures. This is the first state in the country to make this move, and here’s hoping the rest follow suit!