Anyway, one of the things I took away from the conference is the idea that we as a culture really need to support ALL the arts, not just one. They all work in conjunction with one another, and they are all equally important. The other thing is that we need to do whatever we can to make sure our children get an education in the arts. In some sense, it's what makes them human and connects them with their community. When they participate in the arts, they gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and self-esteem, and it connects them to their community and gives them a sense of culture and compassion for their world. What kid doesn't need that? We also as a culture need to put a premium value on creativity and give people the freedom to experiment with expression. It is valuable, and we need it to stick around for a long long time. Whoops, I think I just got on the soapbox.
Anyway, even Mayor Jerry Sanders stopped by to give everyone a pep talk, as well as remind everyone that June is Craft Beer Month in San Diego, so they were expected to do their part. I had no problem complying with his request. Anyway, here's a picture of ol' Jerry, as well as some dancers that gave a very fun performance.