We believe arts are fundamental to citizenship.  The arts expand our capacity to (re)imagine our circumstances and our world. Creativity and imagination are essential tools for any person–“citizen”–navigating through any challenge.

  • By celebrating free expression, the arts help us find out who we are and what we think and feel.
  • By inviting us to make clear choices, the arts strengthen our skills in democracy and self-governance.
  • By demanding commitment, the arts cultivate responsibility to one’s self, ensemble, and audience.
  • By challenging us to see and hear multiple voices and viewpoints, the arts enhance our capacity to understand and empathize with other people.