Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Could your library be an artistic space?

In reading the NYT's article on Tight Times Loosen Creativity, it made me want to be able to have libraries assist in the creative efforts somehow. Whether it be a gallery space for local artists to display their work (probably already happening in a lot of places already?), or a space to work and give tutorials for people (the basics of oil painting, how to get started with clay modeling, etc.), or perhaps simply a quiet space to renew personal creative juices...

The library can surely be a part of the creative solution for everyone, as we soldier on through the economic recession.

Yes we have career information and yes, we can help job-seekers find resources for resumes. But the greater good is the hope You as the Librarian bring to people. The Library is a Place to Go where people are welcomed and encouraged to learn, branch out and become more of the idealized people they see themselves as.

The Library can be a part of that creative growth.
For artists. For students. For people. Are there activities your library is already doing?

2 comments:

Blair H. said...

Sounds like a good time for some murals or other brightening up of library spaces. A good double-whammy since most maintenance budgets are also gonna be cut back. Hey, it worked for the WPA...

Mal Booth said...

It is a good idea and I think part of a library's role - the introduction of culture to its patrons. We are doing it in our university library, by featuring the design work made by students here in several showcases on three different floors of our library. It adds a cultural dimension to the library environment beyond what text offers.