Celebrate the Arts in Your Community
We all lead busy lives and quite often those lives become out of balance. With so much attention to work and home activities, we often neglect ourselves. Participating in a recreational activity may be what you need to bring a little pleasure back into your life.
Celebrating the Arts
We may live in a busy world, but there are still people who know how to relax and take pleasure in recreational activities, thus creating balance in their lives. Many people become actively involved in community groups, following their passions and extending their knowledge and interests.
Many towns and cities have their local organisations catering for people interested in the Arts. Be it music, dance, art or craft work, languages, drama, writing, film making or any of the other arts, many communities have groups catering for these interests.
Being involved in the Arts, no matter which activity, is a wonderful way to find enjoyment in life and meet people with similar interests. Learning a new skill or developing a new interest is something that benefits us all.
With so much talent in any community, what better way to bring it to the communities attention than to have an Arts festival.
Promoting arts to the community
On Saturday I was involved in a small arts festival created to bring all the diverse and wonderful talent and activities of the community to the attention of the public. A two hour event was organised, called Art on Edge. The reference to edge here being, there is a Square in the middle of the city shopping and business area and all groups involved in this promotion were displaying their talent in the streets adjoining one edge of the Square.
I was involved with my local writing group, taking turns to read our work from a book shop window. We sat in a window for two hours, taking turns to read our work aloud into a microphone.
Other activities we could see or hear from our window were a wonderful choir filling the Saturday streets with music, a spray can painter instantly creating huge works of art in front of an audience, stilt walkers, and street musicians.
Painters, artists, musicians, writers, actors, crafts people, and entertainers of all descriptions had the opportunity to show what they could do and hopefully encourage members of the public to become interested in joining their group.
It's all about participation
Involvement in the arts is such a beneficial way of relaxing and spending time away from daily home and work commitments. It gives a breathing space in one's life and be rewarded with pleasure and increased self confidence. It is also a great way of meeting new people, especially those who have similar interests.
I am lucky to live in a university city, where the arts are considered an essential part of the community.
No matter where you live, you're bound to find a community group you can join. If you had talents or interests once that you've been neglecting lately, why not shake off the cobwebs, stretch the courage and have another go.
We all lead busy lives, but need relaxation as well. Participating in an arts or creative activity is far better for you than collapsing in front of the TV or playing computer games.
Find a group that meets when you're able to attend. Some meet weekly, some fortnightly, some monthly. Some meet day time, others in the evening. Why not make 2012 the year to have a go. Supporting the arts in your community is a fantastic thing to do. Participating is even better.
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