It seems to me that it must not be an accident that the big celebration holidays – Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice — all come toward the end of the Gregorian calendar year.
The end of a year and the start of a new year create an imaginary line between the past and the future. Many of us use it as an opportunity to take stock of the past year and create some goals, commitments and visions for the next.
So, I’d like to take the opportunity of this season to celebrate today’s art and to celebrate the fact that art continues to be created. When I take a moment to zoom out and let go of taking it for granted, I appreciate so deeply the fact that art has always been created throughout history.
I learned something valuable in the past year when I saw how fragile our Democracy is in the United States and how vulnerable human beings are to the spread of physical and economic devastation. I learned that so many of the wonderful gifts in life are not guaranteed to last and are best not taken for granted.
In the spirit of gratitude, I celebrate that there is even such a thing as art and that humankind can access something higher, something from which comes art, music, poetry, dance and theater. I’m so grateful that we have the drive to create beauty and the innate ability to appreciate it.
I celebrate that we live in a civilization that values our creations and preserves and exhibits them where everyone is welcome to come and experience them.
I celebrate cultural diversity as well as the uniqueness of each artist, which makes for an infinite well of expressions.
I celebrate you. I celebrate your appreciation for art.
I am grateful for you who have been reading this blog and to you who have been actively supporting my commitment to: A World Where Everyone Everywhere Experiences the Profoundly Powerful, Ever Magical Impact of Modern Art!
Featured photo: Glass by Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, photo Robyn Jamison 2017