It’s a classic pattern during difficult economics that the arts are the first to get cut. Yet, when an artist or arts group has success, it contributes more to the cultural life, the quality of life and positive appearance of a community than any other element.
When the arts get cut in school programs and community efforts, the creative spirit of a town is chipped away.
I challenge the members of the Auburn City Council to come up with an arts mandate, and show they have vision. Whether it is the Great Falls building or another place, this community needs and deserves a home for the arts.
A lack of vision, fear of investment and narrow-minded politics signal the death knell for one of the most vibrant arts hubs in the Twin Cities. This drab, business-first attitude is not what is needed to revitalize the economy, or people's spirits. What is needed is positive leadership that embraces the cultural life and spirit of the residents here and encourages regional investment.
A vibrant arts community draws investment, draws visitors and draws business. This has been proven in study after study.
Here in the Twin Cities, there is no state-of-the-art performing arts center that serves the community, or serves as a regional destination, but there is an existing structure, community support and, most importantly, the positive impact of the arts on children and families.
I fear the Grinch has taken over the City Council, and it’s a shame. Please prove me wrong.
Leland Faulkner, Auburn