The Future For Tempe Arts

The Future For Tempe Arts

The new Tempe Arts Award that is pushing for the exposure of arts and culture.

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The Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards Subcommittee expressed their concern for the minimal amount of coverage on local Tempe artists. The lack of exposure not only discourages the youth from pursuing artistic careers and education, but it denies Tempe natives exposure to their surroundings.

The committee strives to be an advocate and ally of the Tempe art scene. The purpose of its forthcoming award is to celebrate the excellence of creators and organizations in the arts and culture of Tempe that have made significant contributions to the area.

The panel looked to the Viola Awards in Flagstaff for inspiration. However, the commissioner's plan to start off smaller and gradually expand the number of events for this award. The creation of these awards will bring more exposure in the media to the students and residents of Tempe.

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Anthony Johnson, a member of the Tempe Arts Commissioner board expressed why he pursued and pushed for the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards.

"This is your town. I like to paint walls, right? Nowhere in my community does anyone support it. My daughter shares the same interest. Let's face it, we are a generation that does not encourage arts for our children. How do our children get that interaction of painting big and large if it's frowned upon in your community?"

With the push for Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards, the committee will be honoring Tempe artists, educators, performers, art businesses, public arts, art events, and cultural arts. The public is welcome to apply for this award, but it will be given to an artist that is chosen by the commissioners.

The panel emphasized that once its Tempe Arts and Culture Commission Awards become an annual production, they hope to see more students engaging in the arts for fun and for a career.

Panel member Brenda Abney informed the commissioners that students, especially children, tend to do better on standardized testing and socially in their communities when they participate and learn about culture and the arts.

"By exploring arts and culture, young people open themselves up to a different world beyond academics or sports. They can put their mind to use in a different way and it can create a sense of belonging for them in a community. Art allows college students a creative outlet especially when you are putting so much time and energy in finding out where you belong in life. It's a place where you are free to be creative and relax," Abney said.

Lauren Hernandez

The commissioners emphasized their hope to bring awareness to not only the community but to the schools of Tempe. This includes Arizona State University, where there is a large student population at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is located on the ASU Tempe campus and is home to over 4,700 students. The institute offers majors, minors, certificates, and electives in the arts including film, music, art, art museum, film, dance, and theatre, design, arts, media, and engineering.

Destiny Dicks, a junior environmental design major at the Herberger Institute, expressed her concerns about the generalization and lack of exposure of the arts at her school.

"I think this institute has a lot to offer, but only if you know where you want to go in the arts. There needs to be more specificity. The institute is very vague in certain areas, but I do think it does a very good job of covering and informing students of every ground."

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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