The Creative Seed that Rebuilt a Community!

The Creative Seed that Rebuilt a Community!

September 21, 2017

When all seems hopeless and your community is collapsing all around you, a simple seed of creativity, when combined with collective effort and determination, can bring about brilliant and beautiful changes to a community.

Artist and Community Builder, Theaster Gates

 

In this TED Talk, Theaster Gates speaks about his crumpling neighbourhood in Chicago. Unwilling to sit back and watch the world around him decay even further, Gates decided to take a stand. Slowly, through his efforts, he began by bringing a single building back to life and from there, by promoting this art-space and culture into a dying suburb, the community reacted and bigger projects combined to rejuvenate the whole neighbourhood. 

There is certainly a strong case to be made regarding the impact of creativity within communities and how promoting culture increases peoples sense of self-worth and respect for the areas in which they live.

Art is creativity and creativity is growth. Surely, for the sake of better neighbourhoods and increased self-worth, we should all be encouraged to engage and work towards a more vibrant and visible artistic presence in our communities?

 




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