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Now that October is upon us, the first thing I want to be sure to tell you is that the Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts has extended its hours. The Center is now open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday and Friday, in addition to 1-8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
For my last weekend before the start of our “New Year,” I took a hobble to Minneapolis to visit with family. As with many of the trips we take, once again, we had the opportunity to visit another art institution, the Minneapolis Institute of Art. These types of visits always remind me of how fortunate we are on our little island to have an arts center. I was particularly taken with the new Target Wing of the Institute and the Michael Graves installation, curated by Jennifer Komar Olivarez, “Humanism: The Arts & Culture, Education for All.”
I was reminded of a friend who once said that it is the arts that make us humane. Komar Olivarez writes, “Humanism involves constant investigation of the cultural world around us – the belief that we are all teachers and we are all learners. It reflects a society’s past and present, and will inform its future.” I think this statement is not only true of the impact Michael Graves has made in architectural projects throughout the world, but also of your very own Art League.
I refer to this as the beginning of our New Year, because at the Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, October is the beginning of the organization’s fiscal year. So, for us, an organization founded in December 1969, this means your Art League celebrates 40 years of teaching and learning in the arts. This November, we will pARTy with a 40th Anniversary Celebration – a reflection on the past, present and future that many of us will determine.
Not only does the beginning of our year coincide with the return of many of our friends and mark expansion of the hours of the Art League, but it is also is the beginning of the RU1? games! You will have an impact on the future of this great organization by determining whether UR1 – a member, that is. Membership is simple, easy and affordable. By choosing to become a member, you recognize the importance the Art League has upon you and your community’s humanism and that you have an impact on determining its future.
Traditionally, October also highlights the teaching and learning opportunities at the Center. This year, things will kick off a bit differently. There are a few courses that will be offered in their entirety, stone sculpting and clay programs, and of course, the youth after-school programs and Young Artist Academy.
All other programs will be available for, lets say, a test drive. This year, 60-minute demos and one of two education expos will be offered from October through December. What exactly does this mean for you, the driver? It means you can choose your destination in January through April by testing the roads that are paved from clay to music and a variety of painting demos. Those will allow us to learn what you want, while you learn about all the offerings available from the great teachers right here on our own Island.
October will also start the beginning of a new tradition at the Art League Center for the Arts, the addition of a monthly social, First Tuesday Art @ Five! These events are a great way to celebrate the present and experience our society of culture and the arts.
Join Ms. Komar Olivarez and me as we reflect on what makes us humane and investigate your Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts. Share with me your teachings; I am so ready to learn from you, so that together, we can inform the future generations of our community.
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