|I visited Preucil School of Music, one of ICCA’s 150+ arts and cultural partners, late last week. Visiting and seeing all of the young students taking music lessons was a rejuvenating experience. Preucil, like many other ICCA partners, is fostering a love of the arts in their students that will last a lifetime. |
Many of us began like these young students. We took instrumental or voice lessons, or enjoyed painting, drawing, or attending summer arts camp. Somewhere along the road of life, we found other interests that took higher priority. Still, we remember what it was like to create something new and exciting.
As adults, artists are all around us, even though we may not initially realize it. When you are in your break room for lunch, take a poll of your coworkers: Who played an instrument growing up? Who is currently acting with a community theatre company? Who is teaching their son or daughter how to play guitar? You might be surprised by the responses that you receive.
The arts are not something we need to give up just because we are adults; rather, they are something we need to keep in our lives to keep us as excited as we were as students. Many of us focus on providing arts experiences for our children because we had such a good experience. We must remember, though, that we should take our own advice and continue enjoying them as well.
Whether you play, perform, or just enjoy being a part of an arts audience, check out the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance website, www.culturalcorridor.org for some great cultural opportunities here in the Corridor.
-- Abby Ballain, ICCA Executive Director