Leadership Engage: We Needs To Make Everyone Comfortable With the Arts at an Early Age

Leon Fooksman
Leadership Palm Beach County
December 21, 2015

At the recent Arts and Culture Day, Leadership Engage learned the trick to getting more people interested in the arts. As one presenter told the class: "People don't go where they don't feel comfortable...so we need to make them comfortable with the arts at an early age."


This statement crystalized what the day was all about for the class, explains class member Emily Pantelides, who recounts the day here:  


Our day started with a stop at the Maltz Theatre in Jupiter. We were given a backstage tour of the Theatre, and in a sit down discussion, learned about the "levels" of theaters in our area. We were also given an exciting tour and talk with the owner of Brewhouse Gallery. 


It was a special treat to get to learn more about The Society of the Four Arts from our very own class member Lindsey White. After a delicious lunch by Buccan, we went to perhaps the most interactive part of our day at the Center for Creative Education and learned about Pointillism through a hands-on activity. We wrapped up our day where it all started at the Armory Art Center.


For many of us, the day’s most important take-aways were: 1) making sure the arts stay a vital and important part of Palm Beach County, and 2) making sure young people are exposed to art at an early age.


And how do we all stay connected to the arts? Leadership individuals can connect more to the arts in Palm Beach County by patronizing centers like the Society of the Four Arts. They can learn more about standardized tests and how arts are being systematically taken out of public schools. 


Class member Emily Pantelides?is president of Pantelides PR & Consulting.