With the 6th Annual Railway City Arts Crawl coming up, we thought we'd take a moment to reflect on WHY? Why Arts Crawl? There are so many reasons, each individual to each and every one of you. But here are 8 we came up with that we thought were really really good!
THE TALENT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.
Yes, it will. Have you seen our artists? Most hail from St. Thomas and Elgin County. Some have moved here over the years. The truth is, we have a diverse mix of talents here in our backyard! From potters to painters, from metal artists to musicians. Young. Old. Everyone in between. We guarantee you will find something that speaks to you.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTIST!
This should come as a no-brainer, but our local artists thrive with your support. They own studios, are parts of guilds, or are starting out in the scary world of establishing themselves as artist. They all need YOU to support them. Take a class at a studio, try a workshop, buy a piece, big or small. Tired of that Starry Night poster still hanging on the wall? Local art is something you will cherish forever.
ART SPEAKS WITHOUT WORDS.
Have you ever looked at a clock or a curtain on the wall and become moved to tears? Art speaks, and it says something different to everyone. There is no right or wrong. You may feel joy, anger, sadness, awe. Or maybe a pretty picture simply makes you happy. Maybe you change your mind over time. That's ok too. Art speaks to us, and when you experience it first hand during the Crawl it's a voice that you will not forget.
ONE OF ST. THOMAS' FAVOURITE EVENTS!
Did you know that the Arts Crawl was voted St. Thomas' favourite event in the 2018 Spirit Awards? Well, you do now! It comes as no surprise to us, as this event is a celebration of creativity and a love of everything local. There is opportunity during the Crawl to interact with certain works, artists, and spaces and explore your inner creativity. Will it be your favourite event of 2019? We're counting on it!
IT MAY INSPIRE THE ARTIST IN YOU!
Each year we hear countless tales of Crawlers becoming inspired by what they see and trying their hand at creation. Children return home and attempt to recreate their favourite experience. We even have children artists, like young Zayden Ward, who has been a Crawl artist for a few years now. He invented a way of painting called Universe Wars, and now he's looking for the next big thing. What will you look to do next?
BUILDS A HEALTHY COMMUNITY.
One thing we love about the Crawl is that our entire community comes together. Our venues fill up with life and energy, friends meet up with friends, and Crawlers get to see a side of our community they may have never experienced before. Have you been to the Railway Museum? What about our own Public Art Centre? Both are Crawl venues, but there are other ways to experience these spaces year round. The Crawl is just a drop in the bucket for what these spaces have to offer.
YOU BECOME AN ART CRAWLER.
May the games begin! You have your passport in hand. On it - 15 unique venues. But you only need 10 for prizes. Yet there is great satisfaction in crawling to all 15. What is one to do? You have now become a Crawler. Look around you at the hoards clutching their passports and know that you are a part of something. Become a veteran Crawler, map your route, park the car in the most strategic location, and get your Crawl on!
BECAUSE ART MAKES LIFE BETTER!
Studies show that both creating and observing art can reduce cortisol, the "stress hormone". In fact, a study by neurobiologist Semir Zeki found looking at a work of art can have the same psychological effect as the experience of romantic love. Isn't that incredible? And here you are at the Arts Crawl surrounded by art in all shapes and sizes! It's no wonder we see mega-watt smiles during one of the ickiest times of the year - known in scientific circles as "Farch" ;)
It is not down in any map; true places never are.