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The Value of the Arts as a Community Investment | John Gerdy | TEDxWestChester

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Published on Jun 3, 2015

The talk explores how investment in the arts builds more creative, prosperous, and vibrant communities. Every challenge we face, as a city, state, country or world community is becoming more complex in this increasingly fast paced, interrelated global economy and world community. To successfully meet these challenges we must develop in our populace, a corresponding increase in creativity. The arts are our most effective tool to develop this creativity.

I am founder and serve as executive director of Music For Everyone (MusicForEveryone.net), a non-profit dedicated to cultivating the power of music as an educational and community building tool in Lancaster County. A lifelong musician, I have authored several books, including “Sports: The All-American Addiction” and most recently, “Ball or Bands: Football vs. Music as an Educational and Community Investment.” I served as Associate Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference from 1989-1995 and at the NCAA from 1986-1989. A 1979 graduate of Davidson College, I received All-American honors in basketball.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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