Developing our Community
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
~Leonardo da Vinci
Arts proven to combat Alzheimers(2013)
"...New British study proves the benefits of the Arts in treating patients with debilitating mental disease.
A soon-to-be-published study, Reawakening the Mind, has confirmed what we all knew to be true – the mind-body benefit of artistic stimulation. UK organisation Arts 4 Dementia offers statistical proof of the transforming power of the arts in treating patients suffering from memory loss. This latest discovery affirms the health benefits of arts therapies when applied to early dementia sufferers..."
- YES we have all known for a long time, back to the ancient Greeks, that Music and Theatre is good for you.
- Our Joyful Health approach highlights this aspect.
Why Theatre Matters~Speech
- Why Theatre Matters owes its inspiration to Howard Shalwitz, an Artistic Director in the USA.
These words so perfectly capture the core of why we are inspired by music, theatres, artists, and audiences of all ages.
Howard Shalwitz, the Artistic Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company,USA.
Only of that speech
“…Why Theatre Matters
As someone who came from a family of doctors, started out pre-med in college, detoured to philosophy, then teaching, and finally to theatre — not only did my career choices slide steadily downhill from my mother's perspective, but I was left with a moral conundrum: does my chosen profession, theatre, make a valuable contribution to the world when compared with the other professions I left behind?
I guess this conundrum has stuck with me, because as recently as this past winter I made a list of seven reasons why theatre matters and I'd like to share them with you briefly tonight.
First, theatre does no harm. Theatre is one of those human activities that doesn't really hurt anyone or anything (except for its carbon footprint -- but let's ignore that for now).
Second, theatre is a sophisticated expression of a basic human need -- one might call it an instinct -- to mimic, to project stories onto ourselves and others, and to create meaning through narrative and metaphor.. We see this instinct expressed in children when they act out real or imagined characters and events.
Third, theatre brings people together. For a performance to happen, anywhere from a hundred to a thousand or more people need to gather in one place for a couple of hours, and share together in witnessing and contemplating an event that may be beautiful, funny, moving, thought-provoking, or hopefully at least diverting. And in an age when most of our communication happens in front of a screen, I think that this gathering function of theatre is, in and of itself, something that matters.
Fourth, theatre models for us a kind of public discourse that lies at the heart of democratic life, and builds our skills for listening to different sides of a conversation or argument, and empathizing with the struggles of our fellow human beings whatever their views may be. When we watch a play, we learn what happens when conflicts don't get resolved, and what happens when they do. We develop our faculty for imagining the outcomes of various choices we might make in our personal lives and our political lives.
Fifth, both the making of theatre and attending of theatre contribute to education and literacy.
Watching the characters talk back and forth in the theatre is tricky; it requires sharp attention, quick mental shifts, and nimble language skills.
It teaches us about human motivation and psychology.
Sixth, theatre as an industry contributes to our economy and plays a special role in the revitalization of neglected neighborhoods.
(See Townsville, Qld in recent article below to download)
And this pattern is repeated in cities across the United States and around the world.
Finally, the seventh way that theatre matters -- and this one applies to some kinds of theatre more than others -- is that it influences the way we think and feel about our own lives and encourages us to take a hard look at ourselves, our values, and our behavior.
ADaMS's FOCUS~Social Infrastructure~in regions and suburbs
Our Focus is more on Social Impact, life is more than "...work and paying taxes" to quote Elizabeth Gilbert.
~Its family, friends and your community living and working together.
- Last year(2016) Senator Fiona Nash, captured part of this aspect in her article in National Leader.
Government is starting to realise that positive social infrastructure, reduces not just mental and physical health costs, but
builds a creative, capable and competent community. It builds a caring sociable society!
- We invite you, your friends, Drama and Musical societies everywhere, to join and assist us, develop Australia's Social Infrastructure, providing and enriching all our lives and our Community everywhere.
Importance of Culture in Community from the Townsville City Council, Queensland, Australia
Regionality and Community Development
"A lively arts sector is also important to our economy. Growing creative industries generate jobs and keep talented Australians here at home.
The visual arts, film, music, theatre and dance all contribute to economic activity across Australia’s cities and regions
at the same time as providing entertainment, delight and meaning in our lives.”
Australians in regional and remote communities should have just as much opportunity to connect with our shared culture through the arts as people living in big cities.
What’s more, the stories of our country towns and regional centres are stories all Australians should hear.”
“A cultural and creative region is a productive region. Cultural tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing global tourism markets.
Culture and creative industries are increasingly being used to promote destinations and enhance their competitiveness and attractiveness.”
Source: Culture Matters Gallery Services Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Pinnacles Gallery - Gallery Services, Townsville City Council and the authors 2014
Our Community in Regional Australia
"A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others." Abraham Lincoln
Social Capital – Community Cohesion
Regardless of the ultimate purpose(s) to which social capital is to be put, community arts programs are said to build social capital by:-
- boosting individuals’ ability and motivation to be civically engaged, as well as building organizational capacity for effective action.
This is specifically accomplished by:
- Creating a venue that draws people together who would otherwise not be engaged in constructive social activity.
- Fostering trust between participants and thereby increasing their generalized trust of others.
- Providing an experience of collective efficacy and civic engagement, which spurs participants to further collective action.
- Arts events may be a source of pride for residents (participants and nonparticipants alike) in their community, increasing their sense of connection to that community.
- Providing an experience for participants to learn technical and interpersonal skills important for collective organizing.
- Increasing the scope of individuals’ social networks.
- Providing an experience for the organizations involved to enhance their capacities. Much of this comes when organizations’ establish ties and learn how to work, consult and coordinate with other organizations and government bodies in order to accomplish their goals.
Source: How the Arts Impact Communities:
www.mvgeorgia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/art-and-community.pdf by J Guetzkow - 2002 - Cited by 153 - Related articles
Community and Belonging~Robert Quimby,ADaMS, Secretary-General(2015-20)
Community School of Arts was the centre of community culture in Australia over 100 years ago.
- Where are they now ?
Tenterfield (To quote from their website")
..."Celebrated as a living example of community interest, evolving to meet changing needs,
and a national memorial to a great statesman, Sir Henry Parkes.
In this building, Sir Henry took his call for the federation of the colonies to the people on October 24, 1889.
His fiery and impassioned speech set Australians trekking the bumpy road to Federation in 1901.
The five(5) times Premier of New South Wales, called for an end to absurdities, such as the three different railway line gauges, reap the benefits of inter-colonial free trade and bolster mutual security in the face of 'threats to the Pacific'...
More than ever, we need that same passion and sense of belonging and community in Regional Australia.
All over Australia for
new, old and young Australians, we seek community . A Better Community for Regional Australians.
School of Arts~Social Infrastructure
Coming during April 2018 our new Article on Social Infrastructure and your Health in Regional Australia.
- "People vote their values."
- Regional Australia requires help with Mental Health, Palliative care and Dementia and building social infrastructure.
- Regional Australia Seminar in Armidale during September, 2018 more details during November, 2017
- "Community Leadership in Social Infrastructure" having a SOCIAL IMPACT in Regional Australia.