Art Matters


February 28, 2002|By TERESA NOVINGER, Imperial County Arts Council

Thanks to all who attended our chamber mixer on Feb. 21. It was great to see all that I have known, and it was an honor to meet many new individuals.

It is always interesting to me how many of you had never been in the Old Post Office Pavilion before. It is indeed a beautiful building speaking directly to the history here in Imperial County.

This building and this location are a great asset for us, one we hope to improve upon given time and financing. The fact that we, as an arts council, have such a place is quite extraordinary because many local arts agencies throughout the state and country are located in homes or strip malls due to costs.

This grand building and this council for the arts compliment each other and they are a definite asset for the city of El Centro and Imperial County as well.


I invite you all to come by any time for a tour and I will gladly share with you our hopes and plans for the future.

Our summer youth program is in the works. We will be servicing children throughout our county, from toddlers to teens, and I am excited to have such a wonderfully creative team beside me to help develop our classes. It is never a single effort!

Here is a bit of food for thought as we approach summer and why you should expose those children around you to the arts.

Here is a list of 10 general lessons exposure to the arts teaches children:

1. To make good judgments about qualitative relationships

2. That problems can have more than one solution

3. To celebrate multiple perspectives

4. That in complex forms of problem-solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstances and opportunity

5. That neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know

6. That small differences can have large effects

7. To think through and within a material

8. Constructive ways to say what cannot be said

9. That the arts offer experience we can have from no other source

10. That the arts' position in school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

In other arts-related matters, the production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the OPOP. This is a powerfully true story that needs to be told and understood by those who will follow us so that such atrocities will never be allowed to happen again. Education is the first step. Take advantage and bring a friend and support The Mostly Theatre Company at the same time.

Friday through Sunday, you are invited to attend and join in the celebration of our Native American heritage at the 22nd pow wow at the San Pasqual High School football field, 676 Baseline Road in Winterhaven.

I am going Saturday and am taking my son, nieces and nephew with me so they may experience the many creative and beautiful experiences an event like this has to offer.

Outstanding traditional regalia, dancing and singing, native food, bead work, jewelry; the list goes on and on. It is vitally important to the Native American community to keep this history alive. Leave your existence as you may know it this weekend and experience something wonderfully different. Take your children.

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