5 Reasons Why Supporting Local Arts is Awesome

graffiti1. A vibrant art scene makes for a vibrant city.

Be honest: how many times have you complained to your friends that there was nothing to do where you live? Next time try attending a local concert or visiting a neighborhood art gallery. You’d be surprised how much fun you can have (usually for free)!

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Painting a butterfly2. You may find yourself a new interest or hobby.

Maybe a trip to the local repertory theater encourages you to try your hand at playwriting. Maybe attending an art show inspires you to take a painting class. Maybe you find that the arts are definitely not your thing and go on to discover that you’re an Einstein-level math genius. You never know.

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NHarts3. It’s a great way to get to know your community.

While you’re familiarizing yourself with the up-and-coming local artists, don’t be surprised if you also meet a ton of new people along the way. Getting more involved in your community inevitably leads to making friends with your fellow city dwellers and learning more about local organizations.

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promisekids4. The arts give back.

Studies have shown the potential benefits of an arts education, especially for at-risk youth.  Students with arts involvement tended to have better academic outcomes and higher career goals. Many nonprofit organizations capitalize on this potential by introducing and encouraging the presence of art in schools.

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NHarts5. It’s a chance to relish in the diversity of your own backyard.

I love dropping by New Haven’s annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas. There is always a performance to watch, from classical quartets to modern dance troupes. Better yet, there is never a shortage of people to talk to. Festivals like this attract crowds from all walks of life and provide a golden opportunity to interact with people of different backgrounds and cultures.

-Serena

Serena Yin graduated with a degree in English from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. She is joining the Washington Reading Corps to promote literacy in local schools. A New England native, she loves ballet, beaches, and hamburgers. When she’s not on the hunt for the nearest Starbucks, she’s working on realizing her lifelong dream of meeting J.K. Rowling.

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