I came across a post on ARTSBlog post today by Molly O’Connor, and I just HAD to re-post an excerpt because it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear:
Sometimes I ask myself the same questions posed by those who oppose funding the arts.
“Why are we here and why do we matter? How can the arts really make a difference when there are so many other needs to be met? How can we, like our own Woody Guthrie, utilize art as a tool to raise awareness about injustice and empower those in need?”
Usually when asking these questions, it does not take long for the answer to present itself. But the asking does seem necessary.
In closing, I’m reminded of a theatre director who was feeling overwhelmed with career frustrations. She consulted a fellow nurse friend of hers about the possibility of getting out of the arts and into a career that would really save lives.
Her friend replied to her: “While I have saved lives on a regular basis, it’s the arts that give people a reason to live.”
Read the full post here.