Support Your Local Artist! How often to we hear we should support local businesses, artists, craftspeople and companies. It's a common enough thought, but how often do we actually do it?
When we support these local entities, we in fact are supporting ourselves and our communities. This morning when I was talking about 'shopping local' (ok it's one of my favorite topics) with another business person, they recounted the complaints of other people in the area about the towns roads, schools and other infrastructure. But, when you ask these same people if they are shopping locally for Christmas, most often as not, the answer is 'no'. When you spend your money with a local artist or business, you support your town not only in keeping your money circulating locally, but putting sales tax into the town's budget for infrastructure and improvements.
Of course when you support local artists and craftsmen, you also help them to be able to support their families and continue to produce their works. This influx of money on the local level also encourages others to enter the arts and open businesses.
So I'd like to ask you to 'Support your local artists, craftspeople and businesses. Your shopping dollars stay in your community and your sales tax stays there as well to improve where you live. Christmas is the Seson of giving, so shopping local presents the opportunity to purchase unique items and 'give back' to your community.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery