Letter from the Editor: November 2018

I’m someone who always says she’s not that interested in art. But that’s actually a lie. Maybe I don’t know a valuable piece of art when I see one and maybe I don’t find art museums particularly enthralling, but I definitely value the arts. Art extends way beyond paintings and sculptures.

ART IS EVERYWHERE

I’m someone who always says she’s not that interested in art. But that’s actually a lie. Maybe I don’t know a valuable piece of art when I see one and maybe I don’t find art museums particularly enthralling, but I definitely value the arts. Art extends way beyond paintings and sculptures.

My day job itself is an art form. Designing, writing, creating—they’re all forms of art. And a lot of my free time is spent being creative, whether it’s knitting, crocheting or hand dyeing yarn.

If I’m not creating something, I’m likely enjoying some other form of art. I bet most of you can relate. How often do you listen to music? How many TV shows and movies are in your queue? How many books are on your to-read list? You get my point!

When you really stop to think about it, it’s pretty astonishing just how much art infiltrates our life.

And then it’s even crazier to think that many arts programs have had their fundings cut in recent years.

Art may not seem important to some people, but it has been shown to be a motivating source for students.

According to americansforthearts.org, students who are involved in the arts are four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, are three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and are three times more likely to be elected to class office. On top of that, 72 percent of business leaders say that creativity is the No. 1 skill they are seeking when hiring.

If you still think art isn’t important, I think you need to pick up a paintbrush and see the results for yourself.

This month’s issue is all about the arts and some culture, too. See our feature on local artists of all varieties.

The November issue wouldn’t be complete without some recipes. Thanksgiving is this month, after all. Check out our On the Menu feature.

Until next month,
Kelsey Davis, editor

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