Notes from the Creative Edge - December 2018

Friends of ValleyArts,

Over the past months I spoke about creativity in its many guises -- youth, food, and entrepreneurs to name a few. What is clear when reviewing the year is this: ValleyArts has become a center of creative thinking. This artfullbean cafehappened because creating a community gathering space, the artfullbean cafe, has allowed people to meet, discuss, shape, and plan their creative ideas. ValleyArts has created opportunity for its community.

Opportunity is not a birthright, but is something that should be afforded to all.

When I think about it, opportunity is at the very core of the ValleyArts mission of Community Through Creativity. We offer opportunities in the following areas:

Youth: After school programs, summer camps, poetry slams, creative workshops.

Artists: Professional gallery space, exhibit opportunities, teaching opportunities, pop-up events, low-cost studio space.

Performers: Second Saturdays performance series, Artfull Holiday performance series, pop-up events.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Workshop series, artfullbean Workshop taught by local entrepreneurboutique vendors, Artfull Holiday boutique show, pop-up events, low-cost office space.

For the community: A warm inviting gathering space with great coffee, baked goods, and one of a kind gifts all in a space conducive to creative thinking; a professional art gallery with a program that is varied and thought provoking; a diverse calendar of programming that is Juliana Carr in the artfullbean cafeeclectic, engaging and always intriguing; low-cost rental spaces available to the community (including the launch in early 2019 of The Listening Post, a sound booth rental for podcasting).

Creating opportunity is important. It's important in creative education for encouraging confident and creative thinkers who grow into strong community members. Economic opportunity for artists, performers, and entrepreneurs is good for the individuals and also supports the whole community. Providing opportunity for all brings people together, generates creative collaborations, and results in a stronger community, both locally and beyond.

As you can see, ValleyArts provides opportunity, but we would like to do more. This is where you come in. We need your help to extend opportunity even further, to reach more children, artists, and entrepreneurs who otherwise might not have it.

Please consider donating to our cause, shopping in our boutique, attending our events, and sharing ‘Notes from the Creative Edge’ with all of your friends, family, and associates. Every dollar helps us create more opportunity, especially to those who need it most.

I would like to wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons.

Here’s to a great 2019!

Creatively Yours,
Jeremy Moss