Sharing the Arts Experience

Posted 17 April 2012 12:00 AM by Julie Banks

Peter Pan. It was Peter Pan. My dad took me to see the stage adaption of Peter Pan. I was astonished. Peter could fly! Tinker Bell too! There were pirates, Indians and an alligator. I wanted to do it all over again once it was over. And, I got to meet Peter Pan. I couldn’t wait to get back to school and tell my friends about the show. The thrill lie in finding a classmate that had seen it too. Suddenly, there were two kids high on excitement trading “Did you see when…” and “What about….”. For me, the arts are about sharing experiences in any format or medium, its perspectives - yours and mine.

As most moms have told us “you don’t know if you like it until you try it.” I still subscribe to this. Like food (my first love), every arts experience has a different taste, flavor. Once I’ve tried it, I can unequivocally have my own opinion. Did I learn something? Was I entertained? Challenged? Bored? Moved? The arts provide me with the opportunity to share my experience with others. It’s quite satisfying when you can recommend an arts experience to another person. Whether it’s a new Broadway show, up-and-coming artist, a new band or dance performance. It gives you the ability to inform. Be the cool kid, to influence and it doesn’t matter if you are 8, 18 or 68.

I am fortunate that I grew up exposed to the arts. I believe they have affected me as a person. But I wonder what would have happened if I had taken the stage, picked up an instrument or even a paintbrush. For now, I’m just satisfied being in the audience, relishing a performance, admiring artwork and being able to share those experiences with everyone who will listen.

Julie Banks is the Associate Director of Marketing at Citi Performing Arts Center

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