MV City Recreation Needs the Arts By MATT STARR Mayor, City of Mount Vernon MOUNT VERNON - Finding fun things to do can be difficult these days. For my MTVarts family, we all know the joy of being on stage, behind the scenes on the set, playing for a packed house (or even a small house), and telling stories through performances. The theater and other live performances offer an escape from reality. Heck, even rehearsals are fun. This escape from reality is precisely what our community needs, and storytelling through performances, song, poetry, and visual arts are just what the doctor ordered. The novel coronavirus pandemic has necessitated restrictions and has certainly forced all of us to rethink how we live our lives and conduct business. For the City of…Read More
As our passionate, audience-driven volunteers scurry to mount our 2020 season of making theatre, I must smile. We are all so fortunate to live in this community with access to organizations like MTVarts. Last year we wrapped up production on our 44th show and, believe it, making theatre is hard work. 2019 ended the decade strongly with 20 performances of 4 shows with 19,848 recorded volunteers’ hours from 263 folks. The dollar value of that (according to the Independent Sector) is $504,727. There is even more when you consider prep work and event support that isn’t recorded. Now that is passion for the arts! To cover our 2019 production costs, our tickets should have averaged $31 but thanks to amazing…Read More
We at MTVarts often talk of the power of live theater and how it influences our artsIQ participants? What starts out in a workshop setting culminates into a full theatrical production. Having taught for more years than I would like to admit, I’ve seen first hand that theater makes for smarter, braver human beings. Theater helps connect the head to the heart.Theater also connects to the importance of reading. A play has the ability to jump a story off the page and bring it to life. This can be a revelation to regular bookworms, but also a connection to reluctant readers. Part of what is happening on stage is very similar to the roleplaying all children do. The difference with…Read More
The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does. We feel MTVarts has a crucial impact on our economy and is an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our community.
We are fortunate to have an organization like MTVarts in our local community. They offer cultural experiences that some folks might not get to enjoy otherwise. It’s important that our communities have opportunities for a variety of performing arts activities and MTVarts more than fills that need.
MTVarts supports the education of the whole individual. Participants learn about theater and performance, but they also discover strengths within themselves that had they not worked with MTVarts, those skills might remain hidden.
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