Pick of the Day: Art For All Essential

For some time now, arts advocates have argued about all the benefits that the arts provide to society. Invariably, these benefits spill out beyond the niche that arts have been relegated to in our market-based society where pop culture is the dominant force. Properly structured, arts programs can benefit children, teens, adults and seniors in many ways: education, health, criminal justice, community identity.

That doesn’t diminish the importance of the professional arts. At least, it shouldn’t. But sometimes it seems as though art is only valued if it provides some back-end benefit in one of the above-noted areas. Instead of plundering the extremely modest amount of funds that go to the professional arts now to achieve these broader societal goals, it would be nice if money could be directed to the arts from other areas in recognition of the value that they deliver to our community.

Which brings us to the p-o-t-d. March 27-29, Common Weal Community Arts, in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre, is hosting a workshop called Art For All Essential that explores various aspects of organizing, funding and presenting community art activities. Before that event starts though, a free symposium on community arts is being held today at the United Way Centre (1440 Scarth) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information on both events call 780-9442 or visit www.commonweal.ca

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

2 thoughts on “Pick of the Day: Art For All Essential”

  1. thanks for the great article, greg. unfortunately we’ve had to postpone the ‘arts for all essentials’ workshop until september. the ‘state of the art’ symposium will continue as planned today. it will be a great opportunity for those involved in community related art to get together, network, share, and discuss issues that arise in our field.

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