Budget cuts are really taking a tool on our public schools these days, and the arts seems to be a popular place to cut spending. I hate that kids aren't being exposed to the arts like they have in the past - I have wonderful memories of some of the arts projects I worked on when I was in school, and the amazing museums and craftspeople we were allowed to visit. We were also able to spend part of our summers at Chautauqua Institution - an arts and faith based community on Chautauqua Lake in NY. It was an ideal way to spend summers. Our only restrictions were that we had to take at least one music and one art class every day, but we enjoyed it so much we took more.
Dallas is very fortunate to have a wonderful arts community and there seems to be a new movement underfoot to mentor and support new talent, no matter how old they are. La Reunion TX is a group that I've just become familiar with - they were responsible for the amazing Giants puppets that were part of the parade for Bridge-O-Rama. I snuck back to their workshop before the parade and was able to see them constructing these beautiful representations of people who have made Dallas great. There were all ages working on them and it seemed like a really fun project to be involved in.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of my favorite arts destinations in the world, and I feel really fortunate to be a member and to be able to take advantage of that membership. There is just a special spirit that you feel there, and the exhibits and events always give me a new appreciation of art. Today I learned about something very special that they will be doing this weekend - "Found Object Art". The Nasher teamed up with La Reunion Texas and seven Dallas schools to introduce the students to the concept of art made from found objects. The work will be shown in a one week show at the Nasher that opens on Saturday.
What a great program that makes me want to learn more about La Reunion - they are really stepping up and becoming a vital part of the arts community - I can't wait to see more!