But the arts go a step further. Artistic engagement calls us to ask questions, to think and to act, to connect with others. Arts inspire activism.
According to Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau approximately 60,000 were in attendance at this year’s Norman Music Festival. Paired with the Fred Jones’ annual 50,000 guests, Sooner Theatre’s 14,373 audience members for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Sam Noble’s annual attendance of over 155,000 and 366,000 at the 2013 Medieval Fair, Norman is a shining example of arts participation. But there is always room to improve.
Support the arts and you also support the individual. Support the arts and you support a community. With the summer wrapping up and the fall rapidly approaching, many arts opportunities abound. Do your part to enrich our community: Grab a friend and participate in the arts. You’ll be better for it, and the rest of us will, too.
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