WHAT ART HOUSE MEANS TO ME
I am sitting here on a wet gray Cleveland evening trying to think of what to write for Art House’s blog. Trying to find that one topic that will flow effortlessly. Trying to think of the best way that will convey why I support Art House’s mission. I am realizing that it’s not just one thing.
It’s a whole host of things, but in a nut-shell it’s been about a lifelong appreciation of the beauty around me and wondering about the path this “art” must have taken to get to its final stage. I would also say that I’ve always had an interest in the arts before I even knew what art really meant. My father was a talented self-taught musician (several instruments) and I remember my mother sewing clothes for my sister and I when we were young. Unfortunately, as life tends to happen, neither of my parents pursued those interests other than as hobbies, but what I would say is that it opened my eyes to be creative and resourceful.
One of my earliest memories was explaining to my parents that my grade school art drawing was not of an elephant, but of a male dog. (You can use your imagination why they thought it was an elephant.) I also used to sew clothes for my dolls from my mother’s fabric scraps and make gladiator sandals out of cardboard and elastic. I even entertained at one point to study fashion design. So you could say art has always been in my life in some manner.
I first came to know about Art House several years ago while working on a community event in which Art House was also assisting with. Shortly thereafter I was asked to be part of the community advisory board and in this capacity I learned more about the programs and classes offered. I began signing up my children to take classes and also attending their Family Open Studio. I felt the need for my children to experience art and very grateful that there was an organization in the neighborhood that offered classes. In my opinion, kids are not getting nearly as much art in school as they should anymore so it has always been important to me to ensure that my children were exposed to art. Opening their minds to be creative.
I recently attended the 15th Annual Urban Bright Exhibit and I was truly amazed with all the great pieces of art that were on display. If you didn’t attend, you missed a great event! A true testament to the wonderful job of all involved with Art House from the staff, teachers, artists and of course the students! It is moments like this event, that make me happy to know that Art House exists. It is this being able to partnering with artists to teach students how to make art that I find truly inspiring. Art at its most basic to all.
I now am on the Board and committed to ensure that Art House thrives and grows so that wherever you’re from, whatever the skill level we provide art to all.