Creative Communities by Stewart Flemming (Mayoral Candidate)

Stewart Fleming

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. In Logan West, and across all of Logan, we currently have more than our fair share of dust. 

Do you remember your first painting? It was probably a smear of paint with your open hand or finger. It could have even been more creative with chalk, a rock or, in my case, unattended flour left on the bench. We are naturally expressive creatures and while many of us only ever progress to stick figures (still in flour), there are some who embrace the creative side of their nature and create wonders. 

There are 3 key benefits when we encourage a thriving arts community. 

  1. Better public interaction.
    Our public spaces are more enjoyable when they are pleasant to be in. There is an art to promoting constructive interaction amongst community members. If we want to live in a beautiful city, lets tap into our local artist community to help create the space we want. It doesn’t have to be just static art. A puppet show, busker or street theatre brings spaces to life, encouraging stronger community bonds. What area in Logan West would you like to give a makeover?

  2. Engaging the Youth.
    Children are the most expressive people in our community. Youth Theatre and Arts programs allow our kids to explore their thoughts, feelings and culture. Engaging the youth also gets more adults involved. From small t-shirt projects and murals, through to larger theatre productions and music programs, we should be working to give our kids the ability to express themselves without a phone. What program would you want to see for our kids?

  3. Civic Growth.
    We live in one of the most giving communities on the planet and yet, our ability to express our thoughts, hopes and dreams often falls on deaf ears. This might be due in part to our dependence on instant, impersonal communication. Gone are the days where a carefully crafted message would be delivered by hand. Now we can instantly reach out and talk (or text) anyone without any real thought. Art provides a way back from this communication style. The well-thought-out poem, the clever lyrics in a rap or the gentle stroke of a brush take patience and allow thoughts to develop. What message would you like people to really hear and how would you like to tell it?

 Our lives are enriched by creating and living with art. Our city, our children and our future depend on giving art, in all its forms, a place in our heart.

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