When my kids were younger, we frequently reminded them to use their “indoor voices” when excitement or frustration caused them to communicate at ear-splitting levels. “Indoor voice” reminded them to adjust their volume to match the space they were occupying.
For the last six months, all of us have used our indoor voices during a global pandemic that has irrevocably altered our lives and institutions. Our nation is in crisis. Our beloved arts organizations are facing historic losses and challenges that threaten their existence. Given our situation, it is easy to feel helpless right now. Yet we can turn our energy into action.
Artists are using this time to connect in new and exciting ways through livestream performances launched from their living rooms. They are performing outside, on street corners, in parking lots and on rooftops. We are having deeper conversations with artists and about art. In its absence, we’re reminded of the importance of arts and culture in our lives, in our children’s lives and their education, and in our economy.
Despite the limitations of our quarantine, we can still use our voices to ensure a bright future for the arts. And now is a great time to exercise our outside voices — using them to speak up, loudly, for the things that matter. Use them to defend the arts. Use them to vote.
—> How do local candidates for Asheville City Council and Buncombe County Commissioners feel about the arts?
“Asheville City Council, Buncombe County board candidates weigh in on arts policy” -Mountain Xpress, Sept. 29, 2020
—> Live performance venues need your voice. Save Our Stages
—> Make sure you are registered to vote and get more information about the election in November.
—>Black Lives Matter.
—> You can keep the Wortham Center strong by showing your support today.