I had the pleasure of directing "Spiral Bound" a film last year that dealt with a topic that I am very passionate about, ARTS in EDUCATION. I have to honestly say that as a student I often struggled through various academic assignments, Math, Reading, Science. However, when giving a chance to be creative I often excelled rather it was art or a project or a book report ect. when giving a chance to express myself in a different way, I simply did better. It's been many many years since high school (20 this year to be exact) and a lot has changed since the nineties (not just the music and flannel). What I learned while making this film was astounding. Most high schools do not have vocational training anymore and more often than not especially in lower income neighborhoods no arts or training at all. How do we expect to maintain a completive edge in the world if we are not encouraging innovation anymore; creativity is just as important as math, science ect. I feel very lucky that I get to pursue creative endeavors everyday as a living, but I can honestly say if I was not allowed to pursue the arts in school I'm not sure where I'd be today. Please contact your local government and demand art for your children they deserve a chance and we deserve it as a nation. Here is an article about the film. For more information about "Spiral Bound" and how you can use the film to bring arts to your community please visit. www.spiralboundmovie.com Every kid deserves a chance to dream.