I received a thought-provoking email from Ben Rogers, a talented actor and director I've had the privilege of working with. In it, he thanked me for my contribution to the arts and to the community; but perhaps more importantly, he expressed the opinion that "[a]rtists don't get enough credit and validation for the work that they do." I couldn't agree more.
As budget cuts tie our hands, and public officials continue to be dismissive of our work, we may wonder whether we're fighting a losing battle. Let me assure you that we are not. Time and again, the community has shown its appreciation of all that we do. As Ben suggests, what we need to do now is raise awareness, within the community and with one another.
So I'm doing just that. This is my expression of heartfelt appreciation across the arts spectrum of Kentuckiana -- for all the performing artists, writers, visual artists, recording artists, and all those who work behind the scenes to bring their work to the public. Thank you for the giving of yourself, your talents, your time and your dedication. You have made a tremendous difference in the community and in so many people's lives.
Here's to paying it forward!
- A.S. Waterman
Published August 1, 2017.