The National Artist Awards

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the June 19th, 2014

It’s that time of the year when the jockeying for National Artist Awards heats up. Nora Aunor is a hot topic this year.

I’ve always loved the idea of a committee of appointed individuals who have the power to create categories of what should be considered art and deciding who should be recognized as national artists.

I love that they can mint medals and award pensions on the public’s tab. Because the state should support art.

Define art, the arts, identify great artists and would-be great artists. Let’s pick a committee to do that. State-sponsored art. Great idea. What better way to create a national art identity than having the state stand over art.

I love the smell of freedom, the smell of state-sponsored art in the morning. This is art, that is not; this is an artist, that is not. There is no better way to develop art and artists.

Where would we be without a committee to guide us? Where would we be without a committee in charge of raising our level of consciousness?

Go National Artist Awards! Go censorship…through positive reinforcement. Reward what they like, ignore what they don’t…trust the selected committee to tell you which way to go.

Remember the state is your nanny. Sleep well little children.

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