On Ash Wednesday, I did the good work of arts advocacy as I met with a dozen different state legislators in Jefferson City as part of the Missouri Citizens for the Arts Day at the Capitol.
Rather than drive, I took the bus provided by the Regional Arts Commission, and thus spent 12 hours in the company of 45 other intrepid advocates from around the Saint Louis area. We represented a dozen different arts organizations!
I asked to be finished with my visits by 2 p.m. so I could attend the Missouri Arts Council awards. One of the honorees was my mentor and friend John Schaefer, Canon Musician at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. He received the 2016 Individual Excellence in the Arts award for his tireless volunteering, presenting, and advocacy for so many KCMO arts groups.