“The arts help us define our values as individuals and as a people. They give us insight into human passion and moral strength, into deep suffering and courageous struggle.” –Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) . Click here to the rest of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s story.
There are a series of these clips from people from different walks of life. I find it interesting to listen to see how the arts came into their life.
We all have an arts story, don’t you think. My story started in a library, with the printed word. As an air force brat, moving to new communities every 3 or so years, I found my new best friends at the library. In the books I could meet interesting people, create new worlds for myself or travel to other countries through the words. Here my imagination was on fire. I was totally engaged. Reading, I believe, led to my desire to write. When I lived in Burns Flat Oklahoma my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Reiter, praised my abilities. “Miss. Smith, keep writing. You are pretty good.” Those moments of praise stay with you forever.
I love theatre too. Musicals, in particular. I’ll never forget one of my first productions when I was about 15. “Oliver” I was living in England at the time. Visiting the Smithsonian museum I was able to see Mary Cassatt originals. Like Mother and Child. I had read about her life as a female, American artist in the mid 1800’s and was drawn to her courage to follow her dream, move to France and study with the Salon.
The arts and the creative process move me to be bigger than I am. They move me to be stronger than I am. They move me to be more of a human. My creativity doesn’t lie in what I can do with my hands, but with what I can do with my heart.
I’m curious about your story with the arts. Why is it important to you? What is your first memory? What connects you to the arts? Love to hear from you!
I do know the arts and humanities are critical for our communities. For our humanity. The arts connect us to ourselves. Somewhere in a painting, in a story or poem, in a piece of pottery, somewhere we find ourselves. And that connects us to someone else.
If you are not involved in Artworks and are so inclined. We always need your support. Whether your gift is customer service, marketing, teaching, building something, changing light bulbs, moving furniture, climbing ladders, making phone calls. We do have a place for you.
Of course, if you want to support Artworks financially. That is always welcomed. Match Day is November 10 this year.
The arts and humanities …….. it’s what makes us human.