This weekend I attended one of my favourite events of the year, Barre After Hours! It is a wonderful way to support one of my favourite organisations, enjoy a fantastic night out, and celebrate one of the things that makes Winnipeg so amazing. Barre After Hours is a perfect example of a way to support the arts that isn’t just a donation- today I’m going to be sharing 3 easy ways to support the arts in your own community!
This year’s Barre After Hours was quite low-key, and it was a perfect evening! The decorations were fun and whimsical, the food was absolutely amazing, and the entertainment was great fun. What I love about Barre is that it is planned and executed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company dancers- they chair the event committee, they assemble and execute the decorations, and work throughout the event to make sure that everyone is having the best time possible! As a patron, it makes me feel very involved and appreciated, and it is just plain fun! Arts organisations are going above and beyond to host creative events to connect with their audience, and they are making it so much easier support them in whatever way is easiest for you!
3 Easy Ways to Support the Arts
In this very STEM-focused time we live in, I think that we all need to be especially mindful of supporting the arts in whatever way possible. Professional companies, amateur troupes, galleries, festivals, and countless other groups need your support and simply want to share their art with you. Monetary donations are always appreciated by those in the arts, but they also understand that not everyone has the money to do that at all points in their life- these are a few ways that you can show your support that isn’t only a donation.
1) Be Willing to Try New Things
Whether or not you would normally go to see a German opera or go to a spoken word performance, take a chance sometimes and try new things out of your comfort zone! Artists often dedicate much of their life to their art, and being willing to give them your support (without a guarantee or loving it) is putting a lot of trust in their craft. You may very well find a new form of art that you yourself love, and artists always enjoy being able to welcome newcomers to their theatre (whatever form it takes). Many theatres, companies, troupes, and galleries will offer promotions for reduced ticket prices for first time attendees, younger audience members, and even for holidays- take advantage and try something new!
2) Share Things With Friends and Family
If you have enjoyed an event or performance or piece of art, share it with people! Tell your friends and family the next time that you see them that you enjoyed it; share posts an events on social media, and post a quick review for people to see. People are much more likely to go to events or try new things on the recommendation of someone that they know and trust, and taking an extra few minutes out of your day to share your thoughts can go a long way to helping the artists! (This is doubly true for bloggers- I don’t think that there is a blogger out there who hasn’t thought at some point, “Why can’t people just share this??” Well, put the good karma out there and get to sharing yourself!)
3) Actually Attend Events!
The most important thing that you can do is actually attend events- go to The Nutcracker, attend Pride and Prejudice and La Traviata, go to events like Barre After Hours and fundraising events like galas and marathons. In terms of the actual productions and exhibitions, artists put hours and weeks and months into each show/performance, and they do it for you to enjoy it and see it. And “extra” events like Barre After Hours and cocktail parties and galas are a wonderful way to meet the artists themselves- while you may not always have the money to donate at that particular moment, telling the artists that you enjoy their work is a wonderful form of support, and I find that getting to know more of the company makes the performances that much more enjoyable!
How do you support your local arts organisations?