Michael Christophersen, School Board Candidate District 1, Arts Platform

Website: http://christophersen4schools.blogspot.com/

Arts Platform:

I believe that beautiful art transcends politics. Some people enjoy the provocative side of art but being the son of a Northwest professional artist who created 1000s of beautify paintings over his lifetime, I do not particularly care for the provocative side of art.

Some of my fondest memories are of my father coming to my Seattle Public Schools art class and teaching students about what it takes to make a living as an artist. My father told the class that he felt very fortunate to make a living doing something that no one really needs.

As a father I encouraged all three of my children to participate in the arts. Each has their own area which they enjoy; acting, dance, music and of course drawing and painting are just a few of their artistic endeavors which they have enjoyed as Seattle Public School students.

Art can open up new opportunities for every child and I was fortunate to be immersed in art every day growing up, but most children’s only exposure to art is at their school. The benefits of art classes for children is well documented and in my opinion ill refutable, so we need to insure that children in our public schools get to experience a wide spectrum of art free from the politics of adults.