Northwest NEWS

October 9, 2000

Editorial

Salute the Spirit of Creativity

by Carolyn Butler
   Member Duvall Arts Commission
   The Duvall Arts Commission will launch a local celebration of arts and culture with a proclamation by Mayor Glen Kuntz designating October as National Arts and Humanities Month.
   The announcement will take place on October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Duvall Library. King County Arts Commission Executive Director, Michael Killoren, will speak about the importance of the arts in enhancing all aspects of community development social, political, cultural, spiritual, and economic.
   The Eastside now boasts over 60 arts organizations, from small arts councils to the new Bellevue Art Museum.
   These organizations provide services to growing numbers of creators, performers and attendees. We are fortunate to live in a region known for excellence in the arts.
   Peter Donnelly, the president of the Corporate Council for the Arts in Seattle, recently noted:
   "We strive for excellence in sports.
   We strive for excellence in government.
   We strive for excellence in business.
   We must likewise strive for excellence in the arts and never confuse excellence with exclusivity."
   Local arts agencies play a major role in enhancing the ability of our citizens to participate in a more civil society, uniting us in understanding and appreciating our diverse cultural heritage, and empowering us to imagine and create a shared vision for the future.
   Public support for the arts assures access for everyone, regardless of geographic, socio-economic, educational or other barriers. Artists give voice to our culture and offer the fruits of their talents to young and old alike. The arts help build a sense of national, state and community identity by preserving and nurturing our common cultural heritage.
   Prevention and intervention programs centered on art, recreation and education have proven successful in reducing juvenile crime and enhancing academic performance among youth at risk.
   The arts also mean business. The arts are an economic engine in our knowledge-based economy. Jobs in nonprofit and commercial arts are growing, and continued growth is projected in arts-related occupations. Corporate Council for the Arts has initiated a study of the economic impact of the arts on the Eastside.
   The arts cannot be ignored if this region is to remain competitive. As part of Duvall's celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Duvall Arts Commission presents the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 14 at 8 p.m.
   Under the musical direction of Fusao Kajima, the orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, and a work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies depicting a festive country wedding. Tickets are available at Pumps and Grinds, Gardens & Sunspaces and Duvall Books.
   A few tickets will be available at the box office an hour before the performance.
   Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children under five. For more information, call( 425) 788-3928.
   Find a way to honor the role of the arts and humanities in the Snoqualmie Valley. Take time to learn more about what goes on in the local cultural community year around.