Intersections is happy to announce the evolution of our Arts programming from “Arts at the Intersection” to the Arts & Humanities program. Broadening the vision of our arts program to include a humanities element affords us the opportunity to expand both our reach to the community, and our funding resource possibilities.
For the past seven years, we have aligned our artistic expression to work in concert with each of our program areas. The process of sharing important and empowering information from academic sources formed a necessary foundation upon which to present these expressions, and served as a pathway between thought and feeling (the intersection of the head and the heart).
This new programmatic structure opens up many possibilities for collaboration, funding and enriched presentation. Re-imagining our arts program will further serve to set Intersections — and our already unique approach to art — ahead of the traditional social justice organizational curve by expanding our ability to engage, educate, and empower those whom we are honored and committed to serve.
The Ohio Humanities Council describes the humanities in the following way;
“Studies designed to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills, the humanities are the stories, the ideas, and the words that help us make sense of our lives and our world. The humanities introduce us to the people we haven’t met, places we have never visited and ideas that may never cross our minds. By showing how others have lived and thought about life, the humanities help us to decide what is important in our own lives and what we can do to make them better. By connecting us with other people, they point the way to answers about what is empowering or disempowering or what is true to our heritage and history. The humanities help us address the challenges we face together in our families, our nation and as a global community.”
By academically seeking to understand and share the historic and cultural roadmap of the human journey, and present that knowledge at the aesthetic intersection of the heart, we support the foundation upon which the Intersections arts initiative was conceptualized.
As we move into this next phase of vision and sustainability, I believe that the re-imagining of our arts construct to an identity of “The Arts and Humanities Program” will be of significant benefit and can open up new possibilities that can enrich the artistic inclusion in all of our program areas.