Friday, March 9, 2012

Greetings from Senator Barbara Mikulski to Morgan State University on 'Porgy and Bess Production'

Dr. Eric Conway of Morgan State University writes:
“Please see attached commendations from Senator Barbara Mikulski regarding Morgan State University's upcoming production of Porgy and Bess!”

February 29, 2012
Dr. Eric Conway, Chair
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center
Baltimore, Maryland 21251

Dear Dr. Conway & Friends:

Greetings to the members and guests of the Morgan State University Opera Workshop on the occasion of this celebration of your 1Oth wonderful season with your production of the Gershwins' iconic "Porgy and Bess". Thank you for the kind invitation to share this milestone event with all of my good friends from Morgan State University and the cultural arts community in Maryland.

Since its inception, the Morgan State University Opera Workshop has worked long and hard to advance and enhance performing opportunities for students interested in broadening their operatic and music theatre knowledge and experience. I applaud your presentation of two fully-stages productions annually so that students may learn role preparation, stage movement, basis stage and lighting design, stage and house management. I commend you for your commitment to excellence and dedication to sharing this wonderful repertoire with the public.

During my tenure in the United States Senate I have always advocated for increased funding for the arts and culture for institutions like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. Our federal arts programs help to ensure that the arts remain among our most enduring institutions.

The NEA and NEH help bring the arts and humanities to all Americans, regardless of their zip code or the size of their pocketbook. I will continue to fight for funding for these programs that not only help enrich our lives and preserve our heritage, but often provide our young people with positive alternatives to drugs and violence.

Best wishes for a great event and the continued success I know will be yours.
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator

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