Here at the McConnell Arts Center there are many opportunities to enrich your life. You can take classes about painting and drawing, ceramics, film, photography, ballet, and even have music lessons. By strolling through the Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries you can see artwork done by our instructors and their students (exhibit up until October 15th). The next exhibit features colorful cloudscapes by Todd Camp and vibrant canvases highlighting “spontaneous living” by Richard Duarte Brown. But one of the most valuable aspects of the MAC, and many other community arts centers, is the opportunity to bring neighborhoods together and cultivate positive experiences through creative arts.
I’ve been interning at the MAC for a few weeks now, and my time here reminds me of a TED talk given by Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas. Their talk, How painting can transform communities, isn’t distinctly about a community arts center, but their message can be applied to one. They discuss the peril of Vila Cruzeiro, a small, poverty-stricken community in Brazil. The two men transformed housing that was unfinished and unpainted on the outside into a large-scale work of art. They let their passion for the artwork guide their project, and it was beautifully successful. The artists describe the community working together like an orchestra, with everyone playing a part in a larger piece. You can do something just as impactful as Haas and Hahn have by taking classes at the MAC, attending one of our many OnStage events in the Bronwynn Theatre, or by volunteering! Visit mcconnellarts.org for more information.