For the last two Mondays, I have been so lucky to have the honor to hang art at the Osage Nation Tribal Museum and assist Hallie and Callie in preparing for the museums opening 5/20/16 at 4:30. The team at the museum has done an outstanding job with their resources to create a museum that is modern, educational and tells the story of the Great Osage Nation. Also in the past week Preserving the Arts in the Osage has started their huge project of sculpting, making molds and completing the Ben Johnson Memorial in Historic Pawhuska. I've been so lucky to be involved in 'The Ben Johnson Project' as it raises monies to help finish the monument by John D. Free.
Why is this all important? It's surely not about me telling you my volunteer schedule. I'm trying to stress the importance each individual can make when they choose to be involved in the arts, their community and it's organizations. The Arts, to a great extent, depend on the generosity financially and 'time' of people like you and me who support them in our communities. Many times this 'in kind' donation of time is as important if not more so as financial contributions.
Why are the arts important to the communities they serve? Museums are storehouses of our past and their arts. Art Associations encourage local arts and attract artists to a region or place, pushing economical development. Small art associations give citizens in small towns and rural areas to experience art and expose their children. Children exposed to the arts and volunteering grow up to be involved in the arts, and guess what? volunteer! Children exposed to the arts do better in math, science and other core subjects.
I'd encourage you to become involved in local organizations in your area, if not the arts, historical societies, museums, parks departments and humane societies. There is a niche for every type of volunteer. Sometimes your hour of service can actually be more beneficial than money (although no non-profit turns down helpful contributions).
So in closing, maybe ask, 'What am I doing to improve my community? Could I give an hour or two a week or month to further my community and it's future/growth'. If the answer is yes, try these great organizations:
Preserving Arts in the Osage www.artsintheosage.org
Osage Nation Museum https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum
Osage County Historical Society https://www.facebook.com/The-Osage-County-Historical-Society-Museum-111809765522764/
Need more ideas, I'm sure your local chamber can help out!
Volunteer, it's good for you, it's good for the organization you volunteer with and it's good for youer community.
"WE are Pawhuska'.....
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery