I’ve said this before, but with all the hoopla of the holidays, I figured it bears repeating, or resending, especially with so many of us dreading the spectre of Jan 20th when a (check all adjectives you think appropriate) ___charlatan ___wind-bag ___con-man, ___sleeze-ball ___demagogue ___misogynist ___serial-liar ___racist ___pig ___racist pig ___white-nationalist ___right-wing-hooligan ___all-of-the-above will be assuming the office of the most powerful man in the world.
So if you’re feeling like you want to crawl into a hole and give up, here’s a good way to start the new year and get your head out of the sand and do something positive for the causes that matter to you, causes for your neighborhood, city, and the arts you care about.
As many of you already know, Adam Leipzig has devoted his life to supporting creative people and helping everyone achieve their best work. Cultural Weekly, the digital magazine he founded and has published for the past five years, is a vigorous proponent of creative freedom. It provides an important platform for strong creative people whose voices must be heard. They need your support to continue publishing.
So we’re sending in the cavalry.
Cultural Weekly has become a non-profit, and they need your help in their fund-raising campaign. Donate here.
Each week, Cultural Weekly publishes cultural criticism and observations, poetry, and articles about dance, architecture, urban design, movies, and more. They have just turned Cultural Weekly into a non-profit so it can receive your tax-deductible donation and I am hoping you will consider making a generous contribution.
I have donated $1,000 to help keep them going, because I think they make an important contribution to our cultural scene here in Los Angeles and in the world at large. Kenneth Patchen (famous poet) once said to those who were decrying the death of poetry: “If the poets aren’t willing to pay for it, it deserves to die.” Let me add another famous quote: “Everyone complains about the weather but no one does anything about it.” Well, we all complain about the world and the state of the arts, but here’s a chance to do something about it. Even a $10 or $20 donation (tax deductible) would help. Look, if everyone in the Los Angeles Poets & Writers Collective donated $10, we’d put them over the top. The Collective is not just a name, it can be a force in the community to effect change, to make an impact. Please won’t you join me in making a contribution to Cultural Weekly so they can continue into 2017.
Say you stood for something.
Say you did something about it.
If you would like to make a donation in someone’s name (perhaps the name of a family member or entrepreneurial, artistic friend), first make a donation here here then email Adam and they will arrange a donation gift card.
Or just make a donation yourself, in your own name. Your name’s worth it.
Top image: The Charge of the Light Brigade by Richard Caton Woodville, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.