Thursday, February 23, 2012

Scrap Arts

This post is terribly behind, since we actually went to see ScrapArtsMusic weeks ago, but I've been meaning to post about how cool it was.

It wasn't good timing, because we had tickets for right after Hypatia's birthday party so we were all really tired, but the production was very cool. The local performing arts hall put up an exhibit of visual art made from scraps and recycled materials, and that was a great compliment to the music made with strange recycled materials.


Seeing the performance taught the kids that you don't have to have a drum set to do percussion music - and they have put on a few of their own ScrapMusic performances at home.

It's not easy to take the kids to see live Art - it can be expensive, we have to manage their behavior a lot, and sometimes they resist going and sitting still. We have to pick the right stuff for them to see, and that can be hard as well. But it was a huge part of my childhood to see live music and dance, and I want it to be a part of theirs too. It's hard to put a value on the Arts - that's probably why it's so hard to fund them in schools - but it's precisely because they are transcendent and priceless. Giving my children Art is like giving them Nature - how do you define that and how do you do that, but of course you must have it in a childhood.

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