ArtTrain Brainchild, E. Ray Scott

ArtTrain Brainchild, E. Ray Scott

E. Ray Scott – Arts Pioneer

Portrait of E Ray Scott, founder of ArtTrain, by Robert Maniscalco

With all the political posturing all through the the latest rail staff fiasco, I was reminded of a superb arts movement commenced by a excellent gentleman of the arts, who I experienced the satisfaction to know effectively. I’m chatting about the inimitable E. Ray Scott, founder of the Michigan Council for the Arts, appointed by Gov. William Milliken, for the duration of his republican administration. This was again when help for the arts was a bipartisan enterprise.

“When you unlock the creative gene in a younger particular person you have a mate of the arts for daily life.” E. Ray Scott

Portrait of E Ray Scott, Founder & Director of Michigan Council for the Arts, by Robert Maniscalco

E. Ray Scott fought for the arts, no matter if he experienced massive budgets or compact, when the legislature no for a longer period valued the arts. With the cooperation of the railroads, and awesome general public funding, ArtTrain toured the Point out of Michigan and ultimately a further 47 states. Founding the Michigan Council for the Arts in 1966 and nurturing the arts he created a statewide motion, bringing the arts to rural elements of Michigan, Ray set Michigan on the map as an arts place. But more importantly, he enriched the life of the persons of Michigan. It is difficult to quantify the benefit of bringing arts to the folks. Doing so results in a entire world of risk, and with likelihood, anything at all is possible. Michigan turned a environment of choices, partly due to the fact a single gentleman experienced the eyesight and function ethic to make the arts obtainable to everybody. Ray commissioned me to build two portraits for him above the many decades I knew him. Certainly a wonderful guy.

“There is a quality in artwork, which reaches across the gulf, dividing person from guy and century from century.” JFK

Take pleasure in this stunning tribute manufactured in 2010, shortly following Ray still left this Earth. at?v=ckbtzcuVBn0