Arts & Culture

Kids painting

The arts are a crucial component of a fully functioning and vibrant community. From opera performance to neighborhood festivals, the arts add much-needed richness to our daily lives, offering respite from struggle, sparking new ways of thinking, and inspiring creativity. The impact of the arts stretches beyond a single performance – a musician may also teach children how to play an instrument; attendees at an event will buy dinner at neighboring restaurants; high-tech recruiters tout our city’s rich arts scene as a benefit of working here.

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Arts programs and organizations build diverse audiences and encourage participation in the arts, support small-scale arts groups and artists, and fuel local initiatives that reach new audiences.

Not all students across the region are afforded the same opportunities to experience, learn from and be inspired by art in school and via out of school programming. Introducing kids to art at an early age is essential to developing tomorrow's artists, art audiences and creative problem solvers.