ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – During uncertain times many people find peace by turning to creative outlets and putting pen to paper.
Randy Ham, The Executive Director of Odessa Arts, said, “They are reading books, they are streaming concerts, streaming theatre, they’re watching movies, they’re binge watching Netflix. People are turning to the arts as a comfort during this time. The most important things that art can do is build that sense of community.”
A community that people can lean on, get support from and share the grief when the weight of the world becomes too much. The Executive Director said it’s times like these where the best creations are made.
“It’s a stressful time and maybe you’re looking for that outlet to help you cope. Drawing something that is therapeutic for you or it’s writing down feelings or anything like that, there’s an artist inside all of us.”
Odessa Arts is inviting everyone to be a part of their Virtual Art Advocacy Month celebrations every day at 2 p.m. on their social media.
“Some of the videos that we are going to be making are going to be art instruction videos; ‘this is how you decoupage’ or ‘this is how you this’ and we want people to share those with us on social media. There will be a different post highlighting a performance, highlighting a piece of visual art, highlighting some of the statistics from the economic impact report so that people can remember that this is a vibrant cultural community here in West Texas,” said Ham.
He added that this is also good avenue for local artists to get their name out and a chance for people to donate as many artists are struggling with event cancellations.