Contemplate, for a moment, a life without the arts, a world silenced of song and musicality, our bodies restrained from dramatic play and expressive gesture, our environment emptied of visually and materially provocative artifacts and places. To value the arts is to recognize, as we do, the irreplaceable role they fulfill in the positive transformation of a community. The arts remain our primary means of revealing the evolution of our collective identity. They alone can cast innovative light across the values and traditions that demand to be reinterpreted for any culture to consider itself vital and progressive.
We assert that the arts must confront the perennial, profound questions of being human, projecting the possibility of a better life, reframing our understanding of goodness, and soliciting meaning from their diverse media for the pleasure and illumination of all. On behalf of, and in partnership with, our local and global communities we fully engage the responsibility to educate within, and advocate for, the creative practices associated with architecture, art and design, music, theatre and film.