Where were you at this time last year?
This Saturday marks the first year of our current US government, and protests and rallies are planned all of the country. Regardless of which side you’re on, this will be an important weekend for the arts, as we soldier on, continue to prove the relevance of creativity and performance, and perhaps cope with additional challenges in presenting artistic events as audience members juggle fanhood and activism… or perhaps have to work their way around crowds to get to their chosen event.
So while we’re planning ahead and allowing extra time to get wherever we’re going, keep in mind the importance of the arts in times like these. Artists are (we hope) the bastions of truth and beauty when the world needs those virtues the most. We challenge people to think beyond what’s right in front of them, and to more deeply examine what they truly believe in. Whatever else is happening in the world, we persist, because the work matters.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.— Plato