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Things I Know For Sure
updated: Aug 02, 2014, 12:00 PM

By David Powdrell

So here's the deal….I'm not an artist. I'm just an accountant. But I'm passionate about the power of art. I get the privilege to share some thoughts about art this weekend at the Carpinteria Arts Center annual Artniture Event and thought I'd share some photos and thoughts with you in an essay I call "Things I Know for Sure".

What I know for sure is that every community that's rich in the arts is a community that's vibrant and alive. Businesses are doing better, restaurants are busier, hotels are filled and there's a certain buzz in the air. Humanity is drawn to the arts.

What I know for sure is that art education for our youth; painting, music, poetry, pottery, photography, dance and sculpting, leads to students that think outside the box, yet have learned the benefits of discipline and focus and hard work. These are the same kids that become passionate about math and science and take our culture to new frontiers. Studies consistently confirm this.

What I know for sure is that Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta are home to some amazing artists; painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, dancers and musicians. We need to celebrate them and support them. Consider buying local art, catching some live local music or listening to local poetry.

What I know for sure is that through collaboration with other non-profit organizations, art wins, the community wins and good things happen.

What I know for sure is that there are hundreds of local citizens that share my passion for art. They donate their time, they make significant donations to art-related organizations and they pour their energy and creative juices towards the arts with an excitement and fervor that consistently knock my socks off.

What I know for sure is that we should all be challenging ourselves through art; grab a paintbrush or a camera or a guitar or a pen or a wad of clay and re-discover something new about yourself through the arts. Challenge yourself. What I know for sure is that we shouldn't be the generation that dropped the ball on the arts. Schools are consistently axing art programs. That trend will have significant negative long term repercussions, I believe. Let's choose to make the arts a priority. It'll pay off in spades.

What I know for sure is that art is important. Future scientists, inventors, mathematicians, writers and creative thinkers will have been artists first.


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