As an ArtistYear Fellow, I am a tested volunteer seeking to honor humanity and my country.
The mission is my concern – to bring the arts and arts education into the lives of those who are otherwise without access or opportunity.
I pledge to dedicate my whole self to this mission while maintaining the highest artistic and professional integrity in the service of others.
I am a Citizen-Artist – a steward, a witness, an innovator. I am responsible for carrying the torch of traditions past, across cultures and centuries. I am charged with interpreting the present, and innovating for the human experience of tomorrow. I am bestowed with the opportunity to rejuvenate souls, inspire youth, and share the gift of the arts with humanity.
As a Citizen-Artist, I recognize that I am fortunate to dedicate myself to the arts. Because of that privilege, I have learned lessons about persistence, grit, problem solving, creativity and communication. It will be my honor to pay those lessons forward.
I serve in memory and with pride for those who have dedicated their lives to the arts in the service of others.
Margo Drakos, June 2014