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Note to Obama: How about a secretary of the Arts?

January 12, 2009 | 12:31 pm

Quincy_jones_2Last November, music producer and songwriter Quincy Jones mentioned to John Schaefer during an interview on the New York radio program “Soundcheck” that he thought President-elect Barack Obama should create a Cabinet-level position of secretary of the Arts. “One of the next conversations I have with President Obama is to beg for a secretary of the Arts,” he told the WNYC talk-show host.

Jaime Austria heard about Jones' comments and thought that was a great idea. So Austria launched an online petition. So far, more than 63,000 people have signed, with "spread the word" e-mails recently making the rounds on the Left Coast.

What do you think? Should there be a secretary of the Arts position?

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Quincy Jones. Credit: Associated Press