Is Art Dead In Menlo Park?
Original post made by Art Lover on Sep 28, 2008
Art comes in many forms, such as painting, sculpture, dance, music, theatre and so on. Communities rich with art offer the opportunity to increase the level of culture to its community. Everyone has the potential of benefiting, including adults and their children.
In Menlo Park there is an Art Commission that used to be active within the City of Menlo Park, but for years the City Council has chosen not to place a single community citizen volunteer on it. The Commission is empty as is the financial commitment to fund it.
As such, is art dead in Menlo Park? Look around, most of the visible art goes back many, many years. Programs, sculptures, etc. are slowly disappearing.
Does the community desire art? Even Atherton, about 1/3 the size of Menlo Park, has an Art Commission. San Luis Obispo recently was cited as having an active program. What is desired here -- or do we have to go to Atherton, Palo Alto, San Jose, etc. to share with our kids and for ourselves the value, benefit and positive attributes that only art can create in a very special way, that is, as special as the communities it serves.
on Sep 28, 2008 at 6:12 pm
An old Balinese saying goes like this: We don't have any art. We do everything as well as possible.
on Sep 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm
So go to Palo Alto and Atherton for art. Come to Menlo Park and skateboard or hang out at Borrone.
We only have 30,000 residents and can't be everything for all people. If you don't like what we've got...move!
on Sep 28, 2008 at 8:21 pm
The comment shown is the reason we should have art in Menlo Park, to elevate the quality of people coming to our area. As a resident, we're not interested in attracting skate boarders and others that just want to hang out!