Art Connects • by Holly Abston
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." —
Belonging to Each Other
We belong. To each other. We are connected.
In our world, those connections can easily be broken down. We are compartmentalized: small town/big city; black/white; rich/poor; woman/man; Democrat/ Republican; red state/blue state. The list goes on.
Art Does Not Discriminate
But Art. Art does not discriminate. Art does not have a preference. Art connects us. I love to see a group of people in a room who, for all other intents and purposes, may have no common ground. But get them talking about art, looking at art, or making art, and suddenly those things that seem to define us take their proper place in the background. We are laughing, crying, chatting, and discussing the things we can all relate to in life. After a few moments, we are all humans, learning from our shared human experience. After a few moments, who you voted for is of little importance. After a few moments, I find that I love you for who you are. I love your creative spirit, your heart, your passion.
The Heart of the Matter
Art removes our hard exoskeleton of self-inflicted labels. It gets to the heart of the matter, the heart of us.
Art reminds us that we belong to each other. Art saves.
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