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Published on Nov 1, 2016
Our “Why I Vote” campaign gives artists a chance to share personal opinions on the key issues shaping the 2016 Presidential Election. Along the way, they encourage young people, a traditionally under-represented demographic at the polls, to participate in the political process that impacts us all. From Kesha to T.I. to American Authors, each episode focuses on a particular subject, including immigration, LGBTQ rights, mass incarceration, and education opportunities. We’re hoping to galvanize first-time voters interested in shaping their own future.
In recent years, many American schools have been forced to cut their arts education curriculums due to lack of resources. Musician Andra Day was exposed to such programs from a young age, and for her, they are essential to giving students a well-rounded education by providing opportunities to express themselves via dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts. Andra advocates making arts education a legislative priority.
Previous episodes of “Why I Vote” featured Vic Mensa sharing his personal experiences with police brutality, T.I. telling his own story of growing up in Atlanta at the beginning of the government’s “War on Drugs,” Kesha discussing LGBT rights, American Authors talking about gun safety, and Becky G. discussing immigration.
The final two episodes of “Why I Vote,” featuring Common and JoJo, will premiere this week.