By Anna Rose Meeds
One of the best ways to add a bit of creativity into your life is by attending an artistic event. Whether you visit a sculpture museum, attend a ballet, listen to an orchestra, or watch a musical, there is much to be gained from supporting art.
On Wednesday, I went to see the two-man play Greater Tuna at my university. Scathingly hilarious, satire filled this entire show which kept the audience laughing and engaged with the story. Even better, the two actors did a brilliant job of playing 20 characters. Some of the costume changes were less than 15 seconds, but they both remained believable and amusing. Everything from a harried housewife to an enthusiastic Baptist preacher to a dog-killing old woman to a sweet little boy appeared on the stage. By the end of the show, you have met many types of caricatures of people from a small town.
Supporting local arts is something often spoken about but rarely understood. When I hear someone say this, I immediately imagine going to the nearest opera house and buying a year membership. As wonderful as that might be, paying enormous amounts to see world-renowned shows is unaffordable for me.
However, one can support art without paying lots of cash. There are many free museums that are educational and cultivate creativity. Students can receive discounts at many theaters, museums, and concerts. Community productions might not be at professional standards, but they are still enjoyable. Schools (elementary, middle, high, and university levels) also put on concerts and plays that are sometimes even free. Thus, there are many ways to view art without spending too much money.
So here is a goal for myself and you too: try finding a way to support local art in February. Watch your sibling’s band, get rush tickets to musical, wander around an art museum, listen to a street musician for a few minutes. This will not only bring creativity into your life but also help those who engage in art for a living.