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Richard Blanco: The arts are just as important as the sciences

Richard Blanco knows something about speaking to presidents: He read the inaugural poem when President Obama was sworn in for his second term. Now he has a message for Obama’s successor: Education is not just about STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s about STEAM, with an “A” for arts.

Our #DearNextPresident project caught up with Blanco, both the first openly gay and the first Latino inaugural poet, at the Miami Book Fair. Watch his video, then record your own and join the conversation.

Fusion is asking young people around the country to talk about their most pressing issues this election season using the phrase “Dear next president … ” You can learn more about the project, hear more voices from the campaign, and learn how to contribute your own video to #DearNextPresident.

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