It’s nice to see the arts are being celebrated as much as they have been this summer. Artists are painting construction walls in Corner Brook just to make them look better. Stephenville Theatre Festival offered more quality entertainment this summer, as did Stage West Theatre Festival in Corner Brook and as Gros Morne Theatre Festival will continue to do for the next few weeks. Writers at Woody Point just wrapped up over the weekend and Gros Morne Summer Music has becomes a marquee festival for the entire Gros Morne and Corner Brook area. In Deer Lake they just got through an arts-based event called Pictures and Words where they focused on painting, drawing and the written word.
Have you been showing your support?
Sure, most will say they pay their taxes, which in turn supports the arts through grants. But, have you done more?
The arts are usually quite far down the list of priorities for most people in their day-to-day lives, and that’s a problem. We’re under more stress than ever and without something to bring us back from the edge we become grounded, sullen and uncaring. Life has a way of turning us into robots, setting about our tasks each day with no thought in our heads but getting to the end of the week when we have a different set of tasks.
Supporting the arts becomes secondary.
Art is all around us if we’d care to look. There are ample opportunities to take in plays, art galleries and workshops all across the west coast. If we support those opportunities here at home it means an expanded cultural industry in the future.
Tourism is also a nice byproduct. People don’t just visit this province for the scenery. More and more tourists are asking for opportunities to see what local artists have in store for them. That’s when art translates into dollars, which is something we all need.
Everyone has something to say, from the largest art gallery to the little stand on the side of the road selling homemade trinkets.
Inspiration can come from anywhere and more people need to recognize that society is not just about making a dollar, it’s also about appreciating those finer things the west coast is in abundance of.