Supporting the arts: If not now, when?

Celebrate the Arts Festival is this Saturday, Sunday

— Last year I referenced an article that was published in the Washington Post entitled “If not now when?” Very interesting concept. If we don’t take the time to appreciate all we have now and the opportunity no longer exists how will we ever be able to appreciate the life we are living?

The Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts will be hosting the Celebrate the Arts Festival this weekend, followed by our 1st Tuesday Art @ Five Social, and then the Artist Studio Tour on March 12.

Celebrate the Arts is the official outdoor arts event hosted and coordinated by the Art League. It is not to be missed! This year the community involvement is extraordinary as Sandy Howe, the volunteer event coordinator, has put together a schedule of entertainment that really hits home! The event will kick-off on Saturday morning with Tommie Barfield Morning Musicians. I know that this performance will leave us all with an uplifted feeling for the entire festival!

The community entertainment will continue with performances by Spotlight Dance Studio, Gailec Gormans, and Recreation Tappers; Island Dance Academy will perform at 1 p.m., Sunday. You won’t want to miss the professionalism and dedication these participants and their leaders have to their craft; in addition to the dedication of their parents who recognize the opportunity for their children to participate. I applaud all of these individuals for doing it now; this way you will never know what you may have missed!

Leading the entertainment for the entire weekend are our very own Music Celebrities, JRobert and Frank Carroll. They are not only our entertainment from 2 until 4 p.m., Saturday, and all day Sunday; but they are also making a difference now by providing sound and technical requirements for the entire weekend.

This event includes so many aspects; the Antique Car Show, Children’s Fun Center and of course 80 visual artists that make up the 40th Annual Juried Fine Art & Craft Show. The center extends its hours during the celebration for visitors to take in the Ports of Call Fine Art Photography Exhibit, visit the Gift Shop and view the annual exhibit of works by students of Tommie Barfield Elementary. These works will be the culmination of the art classes that take place at the school under the instruction of Mrs. Kathy Anderson; someone who recognizes the importance of art education in the development of children; She has been doing it for over 25 years!

This event is to support the mission of this great arts organization by ensuring the future of the arts through awareness activities. If you do not attend and take this opportunity to become more aware of the impact of the arts now, then when? And if you don’t take the time to come and see all this great event has to share with you, now, then when?

There are many opportunities to do it now. Every opportunity that presents itself at the Art League provides you with the opportunity to be part of the team saving the Art League. Although admission is free to celebrate, donations will be accepted upon entry; (suggested $5) to allow you to become part of the team! The next big chance to take part is in the Artist Studio Tour; but to support the event you must make reservations by March 1.

This column has always been dedicated to awareness and education in the arts. It focuses on opportunities that exist for you. It focuses on the value of the Art League to our community. So for those who have not taken advantage of all the offerings; and for those not recognizing that in order to continue to provide all these wonderful opportunities the Art League needs your help; if not now when? If we don’t take the opportunity now to support the Art League after 40 years of service to the community, how will we ensure its future? “How many other things will we be missing” if we don’t do it now?

Don’t forget to check out the Arts & Cultural Calendar! Still so much to do and see!

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