Monday, April 7, 2014

Artists and Cities - Common Ground - Dana Smith

On the occasion of the annual Encinitas Art Festival, April 2014 the following key note was given by Dana Smith, Dean of Letters & Communication Studies, Mira Costa College, San Eligo Campus. One of the five country supervisors Dave Roberts was present at this event.

I believe artists and cities have more in common than one might think. 

Artists, dancers, actors, and musicians build their repertoire or prepare their portfolios to demonstrate the breadth and intention of their work, just as cities establish neighborhoods that reflect the diversity and character of their residents.   

Artists and cities both have vision.  Artists and performers have a point of view or a particular perspective they wish to demonstrate, to explore, and to share – just as cities have a vision for the kind of living environment they wish to be, what they intend to stand for, and what they want to be known for.

And, I believe, artists and cities both must have fortitude.  Artists and performers must never give up.  With dedication and drive, they persevere in perfecting their craft and elevating their performance.  And cities must have fortitude as they support and protect the civic values they hold dear.

MiraCosta College is proud to be a community partner with the City of Encinitas, a vibrant home to so many talented artists and performers – with vision and fortitude.

Dana SmithDean of Letters & Communication Studies
Mira Costa College
San Elijo Campus3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007

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