What would a world without art look like?

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What would a world without art look like? Imagine walking down the street and not having interesting t-shirt logos to read.  Imagine Manhattan without the music and theater of Broadway shows. Imagine Brooklyn without galleries coloring the Dumbo District. Imagine if children were not being taught how to draw, sing, or dance in school. Imagine if creativity was put on hold until additional funding was available. What impact would this have on future generations?


Instead of pondering the details of such a dismal situation, we need to take action and unite as a community to ensure art stays alive in Queens.  There are countless artists and art enthusiasts living in our borough who are passionate about creativity and its importance, but lack the means to make a change. Others have resources but are unsure how to contribute. It would be nice to see if both parties had a mutual ground to stand on that would clearly enrich the society that they both share. Imagine the positive memories a child would have from painting a mural alongside members of their community to help beautify the neighborhood. The joy all would experience from creating such a masterpiece would be worth more than any one-time payment. The gift of creativity is one that keeps giving especially to the creator.

Albert Einstein once quoted, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” This shows that knowledge is significant but without elements of imagination nothing would be discovered.  As much as I would have liked to make this entry about my personal art, I find it more important to pool ideas and come up with creative solutions to flood Queens with more art.  It will be interesting to see how many other people share this same vision to turn this already classy borough into one of New York’s most creative havens.



Nicholai Khan