Adopt the Arts, an organization co-founded by former Guns Ní Roses drummer Matt Sorum, has created a public service announcement in the hopes of saving arts programs in public schools. The organization was created in March as a response to the decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District to eliminate all funding for elementary school arts programs.
The issue is close to Sorumís heart. His mother is a music teacher and he credits his time in his school choir and orchestra as responsible for his success as a musician. He also cites studies that suggest that, without the creative outlet given by music and arts programs, children suffer academically.
The PSA stars actress Jane Lynch, who is also on Adopt the Artsí board, as an arts teacher encouraging her students. As a campy ode to the silent film era, dastardly villains burst into the classroom and steal crayons and musical instruments from the children as the picture turns to black-and-white. Help arrives in the form of actor Johnathon Schaech, another board member, who is soon followed by Sorum, Kiss and Steven Tyler. They battle the bad guys, return color to the screen and save the arts.
You can learn more about Adopt the Arts and donate to their cause at their website.http://adoptthearts.org/