Access to community arts dramatically increases the quality of life. Art is our collective narrative. It tells our story, depicts our common humanity, and expands our experience beyond the boundaries of where we live.
Access to the Performing Arts Elevates the Community as a Whole
Affordable access to the performing arts is incredibly beneficial. It helps to create a more advanced society by connecting us through our shared experiences. Art tells our story. People of all backgrounds can come together to network and engage with their fellow citizens. A quality arts scene fosters community pride and provides a sense of belonging through a shared identity.
Participating In Community Arts Elevates the Individual
Whether learning an instrument, acting a role, or building a set, engagement in community arts contributes to personal development. Innumerable studies have shown that individuals improve key skills when they participate in community programs. Communication, planning, and organizing skills are among the most notable benefits. Individuals often see an increase in their capacity to collect, organize, and analyze information. All of which leads to an increase in constructive problem-solving skills. The overall effect is an increase in self-esteem and a heightened sense of acceptance.
QSL Supports the Arts in Our Community
Lane County has a fantastic arts culture. It is great to live in an area with so many opportunities to access the arts. At QSL we believe that having local access to community arts is essential to the well-being of our citizens, our employees, and our customers. We sponsor organizations such as the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) and The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts because having a strong art scene makes life better for everyone. That is why we give to the arts and that is why we give the arts to our employees.
The Oregon Festival of American Music
One of our favorite times of the year is OFAM season. Every year The Shedd Institute celebrates American music with a month of special performances, events, and lectures. This year’s festival will include nine evening concerts, five matinee concerts, and a jazz party. The festival kicked off with an all-new production of Frank Loesser’s 1950 masterpiece, Guys And Dolls. There are two more weekends to catch Guys And Dolls. The OFAM concert series begins Wednesday, August 1. Buy tickets before it’s too late.
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