Yesterday we attended the local singing contests. The local music teachers bring students together competitively. It is a tough test, no music, an audience and a judge. High pressure performance. The children love it. Most respond well; yes the occasional student lost their place and fluffed their lines. The best bluffed and kept going, others – just stayed with it. All are learning valuable skills for life.
I found myself comparing the contest with our local X-factor, this contest was way better: more passion, more honestly, more love, more beauty, more life and community; just better. Two of the artists made me cry.
Recently Ken Robinson’s thoughts have been in my head. The way creative arts (and science) but particularly the arts are cut back, is a tragedy. We need the creative arts in schools, business and in life. Beauty is essential for healthy growth. The arts foster this beauty seeking resilient design based attitude. We desperately require this. Societies need adults with a clear sense of themselves, their possibilities and the skills to act.