Art Spotlight: Community art is important — here’s your chance to get involved

Thursday , April 27, 2017 - 1:53 PM

SCOTT PATRIA, From the Community contributor

The Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee is a group of local artists and residents that focuses on all things art happening in the city. The group’s members work as liaisons between artists and Ogden City to ensure art remains a vital part of the city. Scott Patria is a member of the committee.

Mea culpa.

I began my first column with the admission I am an artaholic. And while this is true, I don't want to give the impression I'm trying to kick that particular habit.

In fact, it's very much the opposite. Like all of my colleagues on the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee, I work daily to bring more art and culture into our daily lives.

In prior columns, Jake McIntire mentioned Ogden’s Arts Master Plan and proposed Creative District. I mentioned Ogden First's PLATFORMS, just one of four major initiatives we have planned (Look for PANES and WALLS to debut this summer and fall, respectively).

Why are we all working so hard at this? What's in it for you?

All of these efforts are designed to not just “beautify” the city, but to foster creativity and quality of life. But what does that mean? Why is it important?


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Artful surroundings make us happier and more creative. There’s even a theory hospitals can yield better health outcomes by incorporating art into their environments.

Some think more art and culture offerings can also lead to a better sense of community, a better understanding of other cultures, less crime and greater economic growth.

Here’s in Ogden, we’ve already got some great things in place.

Who doesn't love the Pioneer Days horses? They're fun, colorful and make us smile. Many record Ogden's rich and varied history, others celebrate its people.

As both visitors and artists have affirmed, the PLATFORMS art site (at 25th Street and Adams Avenue) is a hit.

Or how about Nurture the Creative Mind's annual street pianos project? Amphitheater programming like Ogden Twilight and Good Company Theatre's plays? How neat was the yarn bombing project?

All these things have been done for you. But we want your input, ideas and energy. In the comments section or via email at connect@ogdenfirst.org, tell us what you would like to do. What have you seen or done in your travels that you'd like to recreate in Ogden?

For example: at a recent Creative District input meeting, someone mentioned hosting dance parties outdoors downtown. Chicago hosts such a program, called SummerDance, at various parks throughout the city, and it's immensely popular.

If you could come down and tango with a neighbor (after all, it does take two to tango) some summer evening, would you? Would you come to learn? Perhaps to teach?

How about a plein air painters meetup? Not just for an annual competition, but an event where people can (re)connect with other creative souls?

The coming MOMENTS fest (a booster to the May 5 Art Stroll) is a laboratory of sorts for the idea of immersive creative environments and will include light, music, dance, poetry, live painting and chalk-drawing, sound art and temporary installations. MOMENTS will run from 6 to 10 p.m. at the May 5 Art Stroll. 

In fact, we're so inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (who, by the way, is 88 and just hitting her stride) that we're inviting everyone to come help create what we expect will be Ogden's largest community-art installation ever.

​From 5 to 9 p.m. May 5, we challenge you all to bring paper polka dots (in any size or color) to 25th Street and Washington Boulevard to help create something magical — hopefully even record worthy.

A city is more than streets, buildings and garbage collection. A city exists to serve a community. That's all of you. And this city, Ogden, is a good measure better, safer and more fun than it was a decade ago. What it's missing is you.

So please, put down the tablet and join us downtown.

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