Giving Tuesday is a great way to benefit the Bonifas Arts Center

November 27, 2016  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

We have been celebrating creativity, as part of #GivingTuesday, because we believe creativity is essential.

Since 2012, #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 29, has been a global day of giving during which people support the organizations doing the work they believe will make our world better for all of us, encouraging each person to “Help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice.”

#GivingTuesday can help us refocus on the essentials we cherish, such as creativity, to decide what matters to us and choose to support its growth.

#GivingTuesday, geared toward those who prefer to donate online, encourages “people at every income level to give what they can,” said Sue Roll, Bonifas business director, whether that is $2 or a more substantial gift, “to support the causes they believe in.”

In the days ahead, you will continue to hear about how the diverse souls at the Bonifas—from volunteers to artists to staff to board members and more—live out, celebrate, encourage, develop, and share creativity. Stay tuned to Facebook and our website.

As they share their stories, we hope you will tell us your stories about creativity—perhaps how you use it or how creativity has made life better for you.

“Some express creativity by creating an amazing work of art, while others express it by doing things we might not call ‘creative,’ such as seeing patterns to create an amazing business plan” or responding to an emergency,” said Roll.

At the Bonifas, we are dedicated to promoting creativity “in individuals and in our community as a whole,” said Roll. Each person’s creativity can impact the entire community, she said, as when a single invention can make life better for all.

“Without creativity, there would be no innovation,” said Roll. “If we’re going to keep advancing and improving lives, we need to nurture and express creativity, and each of us puts it out there in a different way. Creativity is the gateway to great solutions—not just for artists but for everybody.”

Creativity bursts forth at Bonifas festivities, such as the Mardi Gras Masquerade, when people start to dance, and when musicians and actors step on stage. It emerges as toddlers explore art and song, as elders become enthralled with creating, as curious folks of all ages try a new art form or deepen their understanding of their practice.

It is needed in the sciences, to protect our environment, said Joe Kaplan of Common Coast Research & Conservation, who led science-focused Bonifas classes for area fourth-graders. It can help women and men “begin to see other pathways” by completing a creative writing practice, as encouraged by author/artist Suzi Banks Baum, who recently taught at the Bonifas.

A single sculpture exhibited in the gallery might inspire us to wrestle with our beliefs about guns or our ideas about what it means to be a good man or good woman. A single painting or photograph might cause us to re-see the landscapes we thought we knew.

Creativity is alive and thriving at the Bonifas Arts Center. It guides those at work in the kitchen. It emerges in jokes and in ideas about how to solve building and grounds problems. Creativity inspires and guides each person at the Bonifas, from those who sing while completing everyday tasks to those who keep the center growing despite limited funding to those who solve computer problems.

Anyone who feels moved to give, to support creativity, can do so online on Giving Tuesday.


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