What is art and why do we need it? For me art is what we choose to surround ourselves with that is not essential. According to psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, art and creativity fall within the fifth tier of fundamental life necessities: not considered a basic need, yet key to achieving self actualization.
I fill my days with art: whether I’m listening to a song by Gotye or watching my daughter sketch, reading Anais Nin or reciting Dr Suess, watching The Fountain or a community theatre play, I find it all important and all worthy of investigation. Local art and community level projects thrill me as much as grand scale work. I love to find (and appreciate) art created and performed just for art’s sake. It’s equally facinating to glimpse brilliant talent and those making a career of their passion.
Literature, theater, film, music, and visual arts are like dreams: sometimes strange and abstract, sometimes full of familiar meaning and resonance,
but moving and essential nonetheless. In Stage Write, we’ll meet all walks of life from the arts and explore what motivates, excites, and informs their work.