“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh
Happy New Year to all. The Culture Connection is back from our holiday hiatus and we are raring to go! With the birth of the New Year comes infinite possibilities for growth, transformation, experiencing and learning. We wish this for all of you and through our programs are doing our best to facilitate all the above.
During a recent event at one of our local malls, the adoration the attending children had for the costumed characters mingling about the crowd such as Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, Wonder Woman and Spider Man was profound. Although we had so many excited children drawing and interacting at our booth, it was the wide eyed and curious look these little angels had when they held and engaged with our artist puppets that was extremely telling. They did not know who they were but were definitely intrigued. Their reactions further cemented how important The Culture Connection’s goals on educating children about the history of the arts is and how very much these types of programs are needed.
Popular children’s heroes such as Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter, SpongeBob, Batman, Charlie Brown, Transformers and Power Rangers, to name a few, certainly have earned their place in the hearts and minds of our young. The messages these fictitious superstars convey is not to be undermined but I think it is our duties as adults to also inspire our youth about the original heroes; from which all the contemporary personalities and messages are based upon.
The influences of historical artists, writers, musicians, performers; all past creators should not be abated. The DaVincis, Monets, Pollocks, Kahlos, Shakespeares, Whitmans, Debusseys, and Mozarts of the world are the pioneering warriors and through their visions have brought us so many of the lessons that shape the art, culture and characters we have in the world today.
Each historical figure that The Culture Connection embraces has walked through fear, stood up for what they believe to be right, followed their intuition and strived to be the best they could be. Isn’t this the true definition of a hero? Communicating this to our children is so crucial to building a rock solid foundation on their journey towards a sense of self.
I believe it is so important to know where we came from in order to know where we are going. Thank you for continuing to believe in The Culture Connection’s mission and assisting us in creating more heroes………….
With Peace and Love-