The Atherton Arts Foundation is dedicated to keeping art visible and accessible in our public spaces. We can’t do it without the support of the residents, employees, and artists who work to make this possible. We are thankful for the many voices within the community who help to keep the arts and arts education alive.
Art is at its essence the coming together of human perception and technical skill. Whether a person is creating art or enjoying it as an observer, it is one of the most human things that we do. For me, art brings great joy into my life because of its beauty and/or my appreciation of the effort and insight that it took to create or design the art. I experience this every day of my life. An enormous part of enjoying art and enabling it to influence us is to display that art. This is rewarding for the artist and for the community. To enhance a public place with art is a statement about the community. I am proud that Atherton has displayed terrific art in Holbrook-Palmer Park and look forward to meaningful displays in the new Atherton Civic Center.”
~Rick DeGolia, City Councilman, Town of Atherton
Art is a representation of the dreams, possibilities and realities of the world today. Art often captures the moment that was; the moments that could be and sometimes, art is defined at the very moment you interact with it.
By weaving art into our daily lives, we build up an immunity to the mundane. We develop appreciation and expectation for diversity, vision, and creativity.
As a manager for the town of Atherton, I believe that communities should support art in public places because they provide an opportunity to embrace art as part of our everyday tapestry.”
~ George Rodericks, Atherton Town Manager
Art is the oldest form of human expression across languages and cultures. One of the main reasons why art is so universal is that, as Pablo Picasso did put it, ‘art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’. “
~Andrea Carafa, Founder and CEO, ArtsUp
ArtsUp connects artists and arts lovers who want to host or attend pop-up art events in living rooms, backyards, galleries, lighthouses and other unique spaces. It also allows anyone to become a patron and sponsor art events.
According to Dee Dickinson of the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, Art is like ‘a language that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhances cultural appreciation and awareness.’
It is my opinion and belief that ART is critical in as many forms in public spaces such as the library and we must continue to support the rich education of our society to be able to fully discover ourselves. The aforementioned research also points out that art education is highly correlated with the improvement of academic achievement. Several work-environment studies suggest that employees who work among art are far more productive, have a better outlook on life, and take pride in their community compared to workers who are not exposed to art.”
~Francisco Vargas, Atherton Library Branch Manager
I believe that Art is very important in our society for many reasons. Art is healing, Art builds bridges, Art allows creativity.
In a world where everyone is so rushed and under pressure, Art is a place where you can dream, create, express yourself and provoke other people to think or look at the world in a new way.
When I create a new painting, I hope the bright colors, the joy within, and the freedom, will be uplifting and healing for the person who will decorate his or her house with my painting.
When I create a new mural at a school, I am always amazed how much joy it brings and how much the project contributes to building bridges within the community.
When I host classes, I am passionate about letting the kids have a place where they discover their inner creativity, explore it, and feel more and more empowered.”
~ Florence deBretagne, Artist
Programs like Art in Action are working to develop generations of students who understand the power of art and artists to help better their communities and their world.
Through robust discussions in our lessons about the impact of artists from around the world and the integration of art with other subject areas like history, social studies and the language arts, Art in Action students are armed with an appreciation for the artist as storyteller and learn how to use art to communicate and give power to their own ideas. The artwork displays in Atherton and other local libraries allow the students to share their work and ideas with the community, spreading a culture of art throughout society.”
~ Jeff Dollinger, Executive Director, Art In Action
Voices from students at Laurel School about Art in Action:
“I like the steps in explaining the lesson and then doing the art project. ” ~Kylie, 1st Grade
“I like making new things and learning about paintings and artists. I like talking about them and then doing the project.” – Bryce, 1st Grade
“It’s fun because you get to learn about different cultures using art.” ~ Jeeya, 1st Grade
“I like art in action because we do a lot of fun, cool and interesting things”~ Sienna, 2nd Grade.
“The first time I tried. The second time I tried. The third time I got it. I figured out how to make the tapestry.” ~Amrith, 3rd Grade
“I liked the design the tapestry made. It went up down up down. Lulu is my grandma and I love her because she helps in my class on tuesdays and Art In Action day. Lulu loves kids in my class.” ~Ashlyn