I learned how to play my first instrument in SF public schools, which began a lifelong passion and love for music and the arts. Growing up, music became a way to express myself. I value the arts for its ability to broaden one’s horizons and provide a freedom of expression that benefits our society in amazing ways. We must continue to work to keep our art spaces alive and well, and make sure our artists can afford to live and work here. We need to make sure the art programs provided for our youth remain, and I will fight to ensure that STEAM education is a priority in our schools.