Monday, January 2, 2012

The Arts in the Small Community: A National Plan


"Edgar", © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved

If you try, what may you expect?
First a community
Welded through art to a new consciousness of self:
A new being, perhaps a new appearance –
A people proud
Of achievements which lift them through the creative
Above the ordinary –
A new opportunity for children
To find exciting experiences in art
And to carry this excitement on
Throughout their lives –
A mixing of peoples and backgrounds
Through art; a new view
Of hope for mankind and an elevation
Of man – not degradation.
New values for individual and community
Life, and a sense
That here, in our place
We are contributing to the maturity
Of a great nation.
If you try, you can indeed
Alter the face and the heart
Of America.

-Robert E Gard, Ralph Kohlhoff and Michael Warlum
The Arts in the Small Community: A National Plan
Office of Community Arts Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1969

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