ART, WHETHER VISUAL, literary or performing, enriches our lives.
Art helps us view the world from creative and differing perspectives. It jumpstarts thoughts and conversations, broadens our world, enhances our lives with beauty, causes us to pause and consider. Art stimulates change, builds bridges, enlightens and much more.
We need art. From early on. It’s just as important as math, science, technology…
Give children crayons to scribble, wooden spoons to beat a rhythm upon kettles, books to read or simply turn the pages.
Let them dance. Let them write stories. Let them splash in puddles. Let them create art with chalk and fingerpaints and markers.
Delight in their creativity. Encourage it. Embrace it. Appreciate it. For art holds great value.
My community values the creativity of young artists. This Friday, March 1, one of my favorite annual local shows, the Faribault Area Student Art Exhibit, opens at the Paradise Center for the Arts in historic downtown Faribault. Student art will line second floor hallways and fill the second floor gallery.
The student art always impresses me. The simple. The detailed. The colorful. The color-less. The texture, the patterns, the shapes.
Each artist holds within himself or herself the ability to express creativity. Certainly, some students are more gifted in art than others. But that matters not in this art show. There are no ribbons, no awards, no rankings or ratings. There’s art. Simply art.
For young people to have this opportunity within my community to publicly show their art pleases me. We are telling them we value their creativity. We are teaching them the value of art. And that is a good thing in a world that needs art now more than ever.
TELL ME: What are your thoughts on the value of art?
FYI: An opening reception for the student artists is set for 5 – 7 p.m. March 1. The exhibit runs through April 6.
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