Contributed to The Morning Star
April 10 marks the beginning of the 12th annual Arts and Culture week in British Columbia.
In the true spirit of spring, tens of thousands of kids, teachers, artists and regular citizens will take up their brushes and pens, don their dancing shoes, and attend a performance, all in the name of celebrating the wealth of artistic creativity in our communities.
Arts and Culture Week turns the spotlight on the vital contribution that arts and culture make in learning and in life. Music, films, media arts, dance, books, theatre and visual art are a part of daily life, and have a lasting impact. They inspire us, challenge us and broaden our horizons.
The arts and culture sector contributes $5.2 billion to B.C.’s economy each year. Our artists in all disciplines are recognized internationally as among the best. Each year, B.C. museums, galleries, festivals and performances attract visitors from around the world.
Arts and culture also play an essential role in learning. Participating in arts programs and activities not only provides students with the discipline and creativity to enhance their learning, schools with strong arts programs cite improved attendance and student motivation, renewed community participation and increased graduation rates, but also gives them a strong foundation for enriching their lives.
To learn about events happening in your community or school district, visit www.bcartsweek.org.