A Light in the Darkness

It’s all too easy to focus on how to survive the economic downturn right now – how to manage your finances, how to make necessary changes in your business, and so forth.  And while it’s important to take care of yourself, I was reminded by a lovely editorial in this morning’s paper that it’s equally as important to take care of others – especially as artists and creatives.

What we crave is a way to make sense of our predicament and confidence that we’ll make it to the other side. We forget that the way out is to go through.  This is where art comes in.

We came out in droves after 9/11 to gather in parks and let symphonic music wash over us. … When straightforward language wasn’t up to the task of consoling, it was music and poetry that penetrated our psyches. Our hearts needed to connect with one another, and art was a vehicle. …

What does the inner artist in us have to say now?”

What can we offer through the gift of our creative work that helps people to gain perspective on their circumstances, enjoy respite from stress, feel grateful and confident, connect with kindness and generosity, or make positive changes in their lives and the world?

As artists, what is our response to current events? As creatives, how can we serve as a light in the darkness?


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