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Celebrate the arts! California Arts Day October 5, 2007

Posted on: October 5, 2007

Today is California Arts Day! I sent this letter into the local paper but it didn’t get published 😦 Oh well. So here it is for you instead:

California Arts Day is part of the National Arts and Humanities month-long celebration of arts and culture throughout the country. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the arts in every community in California and to celebrate every art form. I am delighted that Mayor Steve Tate is recognizing this celebration here in Morgan Hill with a resolution marking California Arts Day, presented at the City Council Meeting on October 3rd.

At the September 25th meeting of the Morgan Hill Library, Culture and Arts Commission, our commission heard from Josh Russell, Communications Manager for Arts Council Silicon Valley, who presented the recent findings of the Americans for the Arts’ “Arts & Economic Prosperity” report, which his group coordinated on the local level. He described the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences here in Santa Clara County. The study found that nonprofit arts and culture are a significant industry here – one that generates $166.5 million in local economic activity, supporting almost 4,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $80.28 million in household income to local residents. The full report is available from the Arts Council’s Web site at www.artscouncil.org.

Commemorating today as California Arts Day 2007 is the perfect reminder to carve out some time to celebrate the arts here in our community by taking our children, our parents, and our friends to enjoy the rich variety of arts right here in our town. Stop by the new Morgan Hill Library and see the wonderful sculptures, paintings, and mural that enhance the great new space. Get yourselves tickets for South Valley Civic Theatre’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace (playing through Oct. 13, 2007). Mark your calendars for The Poppy Jasper Film Festival (Nov. 9-11, 2007). Purchase artwork from a local artist. Sign your kids up for an art, music or dance class. Appreciate the wonderful public art projects located around our community. Create some art and music of your own!

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