Why do the arts and culture matter to you? Send us your essay and you may see your words here!
[The following essay was sent to us by Freeport resident and amateur musician Mark Evans.]
While I have enjoyed artwork and performance, I felt distant from them. It was something other people did, and I was not a part of.
For myself, I have been working with my hands as a carpenter most of my adult life. This gives me an interesting perspective on art. While I have enjoyed artwork and performance, I felt distant from them. It was something other people did, and I was not a part of. Now in my 50’s, my wife dragged me kicking and screaming to the Young at Heart documentary. The movie is about a senior citizen choir. The members were from every ethnic group and very diverse singing backgrounds. The life and energy they displayed compared to their peers in the same nursing homes was awe inspiring. I knew I had to have this life affirming activity as part of my life.
I bought a guitar and asked my wife to teach me to play. Magic!
The next day I bought a guitar and asked my wife to teach me to play. Soon I would be exposed to a bluegrass drop in that brought me the enjoyment of playing with others. The environment consisted of a seasoned pro who worked to include the beginners and allowed the advanced players to succeed. Magic! The next part of my adventure was getting on stage to perform at the Freeport Open Mic Coffee House. I have never been so scared in my life. Eric Bryant’s vision of a safe and inviting place to perform is one of the finest examples of inclusion I can think of.
I have come to see the arts as a never ending learning process and foundation of community building. The arts continue to make you grow and interact with people from every corner of the world. Connecting and sharing with my friends and community are what adds to my life, and why I want to promote them. I have come to the Freeport Arts and Cultural Alliance in hopes that I may find a way to share and encourage participation in the arts. I also want to, like Mr. Bryant, make safe and accessible places for all levels. This is why the arts matter to me, and why I’m involved.
I have come to see the arts as a never ending learning process and foundation of community building.
I am not a participant in the visual arts at the moment, but I am sure there are many who feel the same way about visual arts, as I do about my music experience.
Send your essay to mailto:kiosk@FreeportArtsAndCulture.org for possible inclusion on this page.