CORNWALL Ontario – This has been a very interesting week. I am now a member of the board of TAG (The Art Gallery) here in Cornwall.
During the municipal election a lot of noise was made about having an Arts Centre in our fair city. As an artist myself, and as a supporter of the arts I think it’s important for many to realize that TAG has essentially been a form of an Arts Centre.
While in its current incarnation it has its supporters and detractors it is a big enough space with high walls. It can be used for multiple mediums of art from visual to live installments.
It also in my opinion should be a gauge for public support of the arts as major considerations are being asked of the tax payer from one councilor wanting a staffer just for the Arts and others who want a big spanking centre built like we did with the Benson Centre.
I think that with the fresh board, with hopefully a renewed vision, it will be time for our regional Arts Community to come together and fully embrace and exploit the opportunities that lie within those four walls.
I myself am excited as I will be offering two seminars to members of TAG eventually, and it will be fun to practice and share my own art locally.
Art should never just be about public dollars and bureaucrats. Art is a living thing and what we make of it, and then the public decides what they like or don’t like.
And maybe from the seeds planted at TAG our community may one day have a larger Arts Centre….