Testimonials for the Profound Impact of the Arts

In my mind, there is no better way to continue our examination of the Impact and Potential of the Arts in Naperville than to benefit from the experience of artists and historical figures as well as modern community and business leaders from all over the country as spoken in their own words.  I’ve collected the quotes below over the past couple of years from a number of sources, including the recent Arts & Economic Prosperity III study released by Americans for the Arts:

“The arts deepen our understanding of the human spirit, extend our capacity to comprehend the lives of others and allow us to imagine a more just and humane world.”     

Jonathan Fanton – President, MacArthur Foundation

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities…the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery and achievement in our country.”

Paul G. Allen – Co-Founder, Microsoft

“All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picaso

“Having an abundance of unique arts and events means more revenue for local businesses and makes our communities more attractive to young, talented professionals – whose decisions on where to start a career or business are increasingly driven by quality of life and availability of cultural amenities.”

Bart Peterson – President, National League of Cities

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.”

Magdalena Abakanowicz

By creating cultural hubs, nonprofit art business helps cities define themselves, draw tourists and attract investment.”

Louise M. Slaughter – U.S. House of Representatives (NY), Co-Chair, Congressional Arts Caucus

“Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence.  It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine.”

Magdalena Abakanowicz

“As Chairman of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, I visited almost every city and town in the state.  There is a visible difference in places with an active cultural community.  I see people looking for places to park, stores staying open late, and restaurants packed with customers.  The business day is extended and the cash registers are ringing.”

Ken Fergeson – Chairman & CEO, NBanC; Past President, American Bankers Association

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children the right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

John Adams


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