Contemporary Expression

May Day
May 1, 2009, 12:11 pm
Filed under: arts funding
“Work” by Nancy VanReece 30 x 30 Acyrlic on canvas (c) 2007 Contemporary Expression,
a div. of Carpe Diem Copyright Management.
All Rights Reserved
There is a lot of work to do and I can’t do it by myself. Who would want to? The joy of collaboration between creative individuals working toward a common goal is the best part of life. I am happy to be working in an environment that encourages collaboration on each project. We also encourage individual achievement and take responsibility individually for tasks to be accomplished but in the end, we all know that none of it will work as well as when we do it together.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.- Margaret Mead
The culture of Nashville is collaboration. I think that speaks so highly of our character and we should embrace it! When we see a problem, we work it. We work it together. There is fantastic leadership at the helm and when that leadership fails, we work as a team to learn and move forward.
Mayor Dean will present his budget today. I know he understands the importance of the arts in every city but particularly for this city. I anticipate as much funding as possible, no more, no less. I believe under Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors’ leadership a full and concise debate over the budget will take place at the council.
But what are average citizens to do? Yes, make sure your council person is aware of your concerns and hold them accountable to collaborate! But what else? We need to, as a city of individuals, step up once again and participate in the success of our own culture.
You wanted the Predators to stay, so you bought tickets. You wanted a symphony hall, you pledged support to build it. You wanted a skyline, you got it. Sidewalks, check. (well most places anyway)
What other cultural icons do you care about, how are they doing? Check in with them and help. Do you love your metro park? Let them know and ask how you can help. Do you use our awesome library? Tell them how important they are to you and collaborate on a project as a volunteer.

Do you love being in a city that offers free, professional Shakespeare in the Park for anyone and everyone to see each year? Even if you aren’t one of the over 10,000 people that go each year, I bet you value what it says about our city that it exists. If so, give, volunteer, help.

Nashville, now is the time to collaborate. Let’s work.

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