Catalyst

 

Arts & Society: Overview

This initiative integrates the arts into the warp and weft of our day to day lives. Its purpose is to imbue our society with the humanizing power and beauty of our most positive and creative instincts. Our experience is that there are times when the most intractable situations will yield to the spirit of openness, optimism, and joy that only the arts can engender. We are motivated by the admonition of the 2004 Jefferson Lecturer, Dr. Helen Vendler, who urges us to "put arts first." Accordingly, we seek and respond to opportunities to engage in arts-led economic development, arts-led education reform, and the like. As Catalysts, our role in this process is to support the alignment of existing organizations with this vision. We work with theatres, community-based organizations, governmental entities, educational and arts-based institutions to elevate the presence of the arts in human, community, and economic development activities. Our primary mission is to establish a Fund for the Arts through which we will incent developers in these areas to bring the arts to the table. Arts-based techniques have been successfully applied to homelessness, youth violence, education, managing diversity, promoting intergenerational exchange, creating community, and a host of other functions. O8ur current involvements are the creation of an arts-based conflict resolution curriculum for high schools, the incorporation of the arts into education broadly defined, and taking small programs which employ the arts to scale.

Current Arts and Society initiatives:

  • The YES! Project - The creation of an arts-based conflict resolution curriculum for high schools, and the incorporation of the arts into education broadly defined
     
  • The National Conversation on the Arts - To elevate the importance that our society assigns to the arts, much the way Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the environment.