• Monday, October 06, 2014 •
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Arts and Humanities Month. I call upon the people of the United States to join together in observing this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to celebrate the arts and the humanities in America”. (Read Entire Proclamation)
At Cullowhee Mountain ARTS we take time out during this important month to look back on the great events we hosted and take stock of those we are serving as a non-profit Arts Organization. It is also the time we invite the Arts community to join our “Arts Party” and become a member.
• Tuesday, August 12, 2014 •
There are less than 10 more days left to purchase tickets for the Cullowhee Mountain Arts "Drawings for Art" annual fundraiser.
For as little as $20 you have the opportunity to have your ticket drawn on August 21, and become the recipient of one or more pieces of art, generously donated by our 2014 Summer Faculty - all artists of national and international reputations. Wow!
...and you will be supporting Cullowhee Mountain ARTS, the non-profit committed to supporting the personal and professional development of every artist and writer, whatever their level, by providing the setting and facilities for intense learning, art making and writing -- all shared in community.
Here are 4 great reasons why supporting the arts is such an important and enriching thing to do:
1. Stimulates the Economy
Not only do patrons of the arts spend money on the event they are attending, but they also tend to spend an average of $24.60 per person per event at local shops and restaurants. Patrons often visit longer which in turn causes them to spend more money at local businesses because patrons of the arts seek out more culturally authentic experiences. If a successful art venue is created it will attract more new businesses, create new jobs, and support existing businesses.
2. Improves Quality of Life
Having an active artistic community creates a more vibrant way of life for those in the surrounding areas and makes the community more attractive to both current and future residents and employees. Artistic influences increase academic performance, stimulate creative thinking, enhance problem solving skills, and encourage team building.
3. Healing Benefits
Art therapy is becoming more widely used and the use of art with patients has been shown to lead to shorter hospital stays. It also increases better pain management, improves mental health, and decreases use of medication. Even though Art Therapy is a very powerful tool, just having access to art and creating art will result in a healthier, happier lifestyle.
4. Social Impact
Art bridges gaps between cultures, integrates people regardless of religion, ethnicity, and race. The impact art has on our social well being is incredible. Studies have shown that a community with a higher concentration of art has lower poverty rates, increased social cohesion, higher civic engagement, lower student drop out rates and higher GPA's.
Sadly, the arts are not self-supporting!
In a wonderful article entitled "Giving Money to the Arts Does Not Make You Evil," Jennifer Rivera explains the importance of supporting the arts:
"In the United States, if people do not support the arts with charitable donations, not only will the arts not thrive, they cannot really exist. Art organizations already have little to no government support, but they cannot operate with standard business models in order to make a profit because that defeats the purpose of making something artistic as opposed to making something that is just commercial."
Please take a moment to support CMA - it is as easy as a click of this link and selecting the art work/s you would like to have in your home or office.
Americans for the Arts
• Friday, July 18, 2014 •
It feels like just yesterday that we began our third Summer Workshop Series, but here we are, five weeks later, wrapping up the final week. This year we ran 15 incredible workshops, including our first two Creative Writing workshops with writers Baron Wormser and Elaine Neil Orr. We are so pleased to have had such wonderful attendees this year that joined us not just locally and nationally, but internationally as well! This summer we were so excited to be able to give out three Art Educator Scholarships worth $1,200 to local teachers Gayle Woody, Chris Bell, and Kara Faust. Here are some highlights that you may have missed from the past five weeks:
“In just three years time, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has become what the board and I had envisioned from the start - a place where artists - and now writers - can come and receive nourishment for their creative pursuits. Over and over students thanked me for creating a space for them to study with exquisite teachers and have their needs attended to, enabling them to concentrate solely on learning and growing. Again and again compliments were paid to the fabulous facilities at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, the beauty of the campus and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. I am so very grateful to our stellar summer faculty of top notch artists and writers who gave so much to their students and for the students themselves who are now becoming part of the CMA family of friends and enthusiasts."