First, I want to applaud Bev Frier on what appears to be a big vision for having the arts take a larger center stage here in Naperville. Like so many, I’ve only heard minor details and innuendo regarding the project, yet at least we are talking about the future potential of the arts within our community. Time will be the judge as to whether it is the best time, project and location for Naperville.
I’ve been reading with great interest and disgust the Naperville Potluck Blog postings regarding the political maneuvering and, perhaps, naivity swirling around us these days. It’s at least nice that people are yelling and screaming about something other than land acquisition for new high schools. At the same time, anonymous behavior on blogs, such as the potluck, tends to bring out the worst in people and ends up making our community look regretably stupid for the most part. There is a clear difference between a healthy and respectful debate of our collectively shared community interests and divisive inflammation of the keyboard. The answer is live face-to-face community dialogue and I do hope that it happens soon.
If Bev Frier had a true political agenda which transcends her stated altruistic intent, then I believe she would have played her cards much differently. Is it the best location and project? I guess we’ll know in time.
The one lesson I believe we are reminded of as a community is if you intend for a visionary large-scale project to become a cherished community treasure for present and future generations to enjoy then you should build the vision with the involvement and participation of those you intend to influence in obtaining support from the very beginning.
Any form of change is, by nature, sticky business and it can only succeed through an evolutionary inclusive process of participation and well-rounded perspective. We must examine the full picture and people must have an opportunity to invest themselves in making the determination as to what is in the best interest of our community. SM