Secretary of Culture idea gets grassroots support

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Former National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William R. Ferris’ idea for a Cabinet-level position to oversee the arts and humanities — including CPB, NPR and PBS — is generating excitement. An online petition now has more than 23,000 signatures. Music legend Quincy Jones is hot on the concept, and says he’s going to be speaking directly with President-elect Obama about it.