ACT, Artists Changing Tomorrow, is a program developed to sustain and maintain the arts, visual, literary and performing. This programs goal is to provide art education, school and community art programs and performances, and overall community arts outreach. The program is supported by artists and benefactors who are aware of the contribution that the arts make to society and who selflessly seek to support the creative process.
ACT – International Invitation
- Date: March 20, 2010
- Where: The Gallery At Round Top
- Time: Opening & Auction Sat, March 20th 2010
Catch of the Day by John Pickerton
Untitled by Dena Wenmohs
Orchid and Geraniums by Jean Grastorf
The Bounty by Karen Vernon
A Mexican Fritillary Butterfly Dining On A Salt-Marsh Morning Glory by Hunter George
Hope by HC Dodd
From the Medicis to Carnegie, from Guggenheim to the Kennedys, Kimbell and Getty, for centuries great men have contributed to the arts. These great minds seem to have had the understanding that greatness evolves from an association with the arts, the touching of something abstract and wondrous.Art is always among the highest expression of every culture. Art and culture provide value and meaning to our civilization. The arts teach us about every historical period through its literature, visual arts, music, dance and drama. Most of the key cities around the globe are celebrated for their public art and architecture. Public art is a strong manifestation of a communities pride and a measure of the quality of life. Art is a very public statement of who we are as a community and as a people. They communicate to others a message about our identity. Art and culture are time capsules that preserve the history of the condition of our civilization. It is through the arts that the greatness or lack of greatness of a civilization is expressed.
Dr. Charles Fowler states, if human beings are to survive, we need all the symbolic forms at our command because they permit us not only to preserve and pass along our accumulated wisdom but also to give voice to the invention of new visions. The arts are languages that most people speak, cutting through individual differences in culture, educational background, and ability. They are acts of intelligence no less than other subjects are. They are forms of thought every bit as potent as mathematical and scientific. They can bring every subject to life and turn abstractions into concrete reality. The arts are symbol systems that permit us to give representation to our ideas, concepts, and feelings in a variety of forms that can be read by other people. The arts were invented to enable us to react to the world, to analyze it, and to record our impressions so that they can be shared. Like other symbol systems, the arts require study before they can be fully understood.
It is because of the importance of the arts contribution to society, education and healing that over one hundred artists from three nations have united to assure the continuation of these cultural statements. These artists from across the world are creating artwork that is to be offered for raising funds for art education and art outreach in communities. The initial contributors are painters from the United States, Canada, and England. Each of these artists recognizes the importance of the arts and is aware of the continued lack of funding available to maintaining the arts and art education.
Learning through the arts often results in greater academic achievement and higher test scores. The arts serve as the fuel that will ignite the mind, spark the aspirations, and illuminate the total being. They are the ways we apply our imagination, thought, and feeling through a range of languages to illuminate life in all its mystery, misery, delight, pity and wonder. The arts are fundamental enablers that can help us engage more significantly with our inner selves and the world around us.
Few in society are able to communicate to the innermost emotions of those in need as artists are able to do. As Joseph Conrad said, “The artist appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition–and, therefore, more permanently enduring.” The creative citizen has the power to glorify and uplift the human spirit.
In a small community in South Central Texas, a very active art organization is working to bring the arts to children and adults, not only to a community but to an entire region of the country, and, more importantly, to the forefront of public awareness. The Art Guild of Rural Texas, established in the community of Fayetteville, is a thriving example of the creative spirit at work.
The organization has launched the ACT International Invitational Exhibition 2010. ACT is the brainchild of artist, Karen Vernon. The program, according to Ms. Vernon, has been developed in an effort to unite artists and patrons, to bring together the leaders of our civilization who are interested in maintaining the arts ever important cultural contribution. One hundred internationally recognized artists from several nations will participate in the exhibition that opens on March 20, 2010. The project in its initial stage is a multi-media art exhibition and will raise funds to support the organization Art-After-School Program, the Summer Arts Program (visual arts, drama and music), and the In School Concert and Performance Assemblies for a multi-county region.
As school systems continue to remove more and more art programs from its curriculum, The Art Guild of Rural Texas and ACT seek to exert efforts to maintain quality art experiences for today’s youth and for today’s communities in general. It is the goal of ACT to grow beyond its initial region and to spread throughout the country and world.
For more information and to see other panels submitted to date please go to www.act4art.org