Revival of the Eldos’ Arts Culture FeaturedWritten by Morisca Christians
With all the talk about young people destroying their lives with the use of harmful substances and the way they live their lives, can we truly make the statement that there is no hope for the future?
Eldos has and will always be a hub of arts and innovation. Many young people within the community may not necessarily be gifted in academics but are certainly making up for it in the arts department.
Yet so many times, we fail to recognise that the arts actually play a vital role in building individuals and the community as a whole. We often find ourselves thinking that the arts is mainly for entertainment purposes only, failing to see the business opportunities that exists in this career form. The youth are generally encouraged to seek more “serious” career paths and yet we forget that art can become serious.
What right do we have to deny our children a chance at making it for them and not because of what we think our neighbours may say about it?
Has the opinion of self and others become more important than the happiness and prosperity of our kids?
Let’s take a look at how the arts can change lives:
1. If given the necessary skills development and training, our youth can become self-empowered using the arts.
2. Once developed we open a broader spectrum to the arts, not just the performances, the drawings or music but the business side to it. In so doing, we create a generation that is not only able to partake in the arts but one that is also able to sustain and preserve its culture.
3. The arts play a pivotal role in establishing a lasting escape for the many generations of lost young people who are able to find their way within the arts sector and they are then able to identify exactly where their passion lies.
There has been an increase in events in and around the community that seek to expose and highlight talented artists from within Eldos and many of them are dedicated solely to that purpose. These also create space and opportunity for support and education. More of these events should be organised but should also raise awareness amongst the community members with regard to the fact that continued support and investment are but a few of the mechanisms that will make anything work.
Remember, not all people are gifted in the same fields. Many generations from Eldos will go on to become doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers e.tc, but not all who hail from this community of gold will aspire to fit in the mainstream, corporate culture.
We need to create a support system that will pass through the ages and stand firm in supporting any kind of positive development within the now generation as well as the generations to come.
This will also serve as affirmation when it is said that you should do what you love as this will create a lasting happiness
A Chinese proverb states: “If you want happiness for an hour
take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day
If you want happiness for a year
inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime
help someone else.”
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