Dear Friends and Laura,
The other day I received news that a wonderful business in Charleston is closing. Andrea Schenck at Plum Elements Gallery has hosted not only my work in group exhibits and a solo exhibit, but also the collaborative work Laura and I created last Fall. I know, times are hard for everyone…but I wanted to make mention of this passing as a way to open up a conversation/awareness of what the regular joe/jane can do. It is my hope that those who read this blog and appreciate the arts will make some sort of action to reflect that appreciation. You might say “I don’t have any money to buy artwork/theatre tickets/music tickets/dance/etc”, but there a many other actions to take to send the message to your local community that the arts MATTER.
First, a list of WHY the arts matter (written by Elliot Eisner –these are written in an educational context to demonstrate why the arts matter to our humanity not just our finances, although the creative people are generating a lot of money for the city…but that is for another post)
- how to make good judgments about qualitative relationships
- that problems can have more than one solution
- (celebrate) multiple perspectives
- that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity
- (make vivid) the fact that neither words in their literal form nor number exhaust what we can know.
- that small differences can have large effects
- to think through and within a material
- how to learn how to say what cannot be said
- to have experience that can be had from no other source
How about some ACTIONS to show your support for the arts:
- Go HERE to see how you can take TWO minutes to tell congress that you support the arts with the amazing organization Americans for the Arts
- Look up when your local area is having an art walk night, and get out! Charleston’s is this Friday night.
- Attend free concerts in the park or at your public library. Not only will you be happy to get out, but your presence will signal to the higher-ups that there is a demand for the arts.
- Farmer’s Markets in your area are filled with local crafts, fine arts, and home goods along with music performances at pretty affordable rates.
- Investigate what your local/regional creative folks are up to through websites like this: Charleston Art Coalition
- Buy a book from your local independent book seller about an artist (or get it from the library)
I am sure everyone out there has more suggestions about how we can support the arts (and the businesses that support the arts) in this economy, so please leave your comments. You might spark an idea in another town across the country.
Thank you Andrea for always supporting a strong and talented crew of artists at Plum Elements. I know Andrea has plans for a party in a few weeks, so those of you who are local, keep your ears open. I know I will definitely be there.
We appreciate your support
and hope that you will stop by or phone to get that item you’ve long been thinking about, before the doors close. Your kind reception and warm encouragement of the offerings and space Plum Elements has provided have meant a lot. The last three and a half years have gone by in a blink. Thanks for helping to make it all possible.
Beginning this week, items will be reduced as we take steps to close Plum Elements on King Street. Many thanks again.
Plum Elements, LLC
161 1/2 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401