Now more than ever, you want to be associated with human connection. With the importance of seeing one another. With music, with forward motion, with light. Because it still feels like all the news is bad news, and people are exhausted.
Photo: Hillsborough Handmade Parade by Donn Young
The arts are the mirror, and the arts are the balm for the human condition. Art makes it possible for your kids to paint their stories, for your spouse to turn up the music in the car to drown out the rage, for your mother to sit in the audience and feel less alone.
Photo: Arts for Resilient Kids, Chatham Arts Council
What are we doing? We are paying artists, paying for arts supplies, paying for the spaces and the structures that make the arts possible--in your everyday life, in the lives of your family and your clients, in the lives of children in your kids' classes who would never have access to the arts without your help. And all the while, we are helping rebuild industries most people don't even think of as arts industries. It's equity, it's access, it's economy.