Finger Lakes Art Council: The Importance of Art

Joe Sarnicola special for the citizen

The mission of the Finger Lakes Art Council is to “create an environment that supports, fosters, provides and promotes inclusive arts programming open to all residents, artists and visitors to the Finger Lakes region”, with the goal of being “a , a leading community center for the arts. We try to fulfill our mission by organizing art festivals and promoting arts education and the work of local artists.

But why is art so important, anyway? At the most basic level, art is a way for people to express their emotions or opinions. On a larger scale, art reflects the culture and societal values ​​of the artist. In the case of a drawing, painting or sculpture, no words are used or needed, so people from different cultures or languages ​​can communicate with each other through images or symbols.

Even songs in one language can bring joy to listeners who don’t understand the spoken language. A good example of this would be opera, which is often sung in German or Italian, but is an art form enjoyed by people all over the world.

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A relatively new school of study is art therapy, which has only been practiced since the 1940s. According to the Adelphi Clinic, “art therapy is effective in treating trauma, abuse, grief, Anxiety and Eating Disorders (and) is a useful tool for relieving stress during major life transitions and relieving pain and suffering associated with mental, physical and emotional illnesses. conscious, unconscious, and subconscious into expressive and tangible forms, the creative processes involved in art therapy have been praised for their ability to encourage personal growth, mindfulness, and self-discovery.

Art also brings people together. In this case, art will include film, music and theatre. A musical performance, live theater production, film or art exhibit will bring together people who have common interests or who want to experience art in new ways.

And you don’t have to be a Leonardo da Vinci to create art. Have you ever seen the joy on a child’s face after coloring a page in a coloring book? It might just be scribbled on a drawing, but they’re happy with what they’ve created and they want to share that joy.

Or maybe you just love working with wood, tweaking a car engine, or cooking up a delicious casserole. Express yourself in all the artistic ways you love. Maybe you’re hoping to sell what you’ve made, maybe you’re just enjoying the fun of creating. We encourage everyone to be an artist using the talents, skills and interests that make you who you are.

Joe Sarnicola

The Fairyland Project, based at The Station, 400 Burnet Ave., Syracuse, is looking for artists, teachers, and anyone interested in fairies. The group’s next scheduled meeting is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12. The building is a former railway station and the project uses space on the third floor. One of the goals is to have enough artwork to display at a future New York State Fair. Anyone interested in contributing to the project, leading a workshop or helping out in any other way should email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

We at FLAC would also like to congratulate Arthur Hutchinson for creating the mural “Harriet Tubman: Her Life in Freedom”, and to all the people and organizations who worked together to make this project a success.

Norma D. Ross