21 May 2010: Jacques D'Amboise
May 20 materialized former New York City Ballet star Jacques D'Amboise's latest forway into lands most people shun: the inner-city ghettoes--Trenton, NJ, my birthplace, in this instance.
Into those places permeated by low incomes, unemployment, drug addiction, drug sellers, prostitution, hopelessness, he brings music, dance, fifteen minutes of fame for each child, and hope.
That is my impression, anyway. And that seemed to have been the reality each other time I attended these events.
Public schools were bereft of the culture we had enjoyed: music and art in addition to the usual humanities and sciences. The tanking economy, which always afflicts the poor first, had cut off these windows into creativity and joy.
How they deserved this "day in the sun."