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Letters Do arts belong?


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As budgets shrink and drastic cuts are being contemplated in this difficult economic climate, I have been wondering if my longtime support of arts funding should take a back seat to other important community programs. Upon serious review, I realize that the arts are still important, and even vital, to the welfare of society.


As president of the Chandler Symphony Board of Directors, I have had the pleasure to participate as a member of the Chandler Nonprofit Coalition. At CNPC meetings we usually take a moment or two to introduce ourselves and explain what our nonprofit organization is doing in Chandler.


As a new member, I have to admit I felt a little strange at first, sitting among the terrific leaders of Chandler’s food banks, women’s shelters, senior and youth service organizations. So many of these services are based on helping to heal and care for our citizens in an easily quantifiable, physical level. Nevertheless, despite my initial discomfort, I have continued to attend CNPC because I know that the arts are an equally valuable service to our citizens. At a time when arts funding is facing economic gutting, it is important to remember that the arts have a unique power to cross boundaries of language, gender, race, disability, religion and culture like no other community service. Think of


the benefits in the classroom when students unite in consistent arts rehearsals and performances. As social barriers fall day after day, superior character is developed in our youth that will benefit our communities for generations. Think of the benefits in our cities as arts performances are shared with thousands on a regular basis and for those few precious hours, societal barriers do not exist. Arts benefits may be hard to quantify in numbers but the payback to humanity is undeniable. LaDawn Lingard, president of Chandler Symphony Orchestra


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Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore


Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a new partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News.


This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the fi rst paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a fi le to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month -- or even the month after that.


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