We talk a lot about artists, designers, and creatives in this space. Why? We firmly believe that instilling curiosity, imagination, and a desire to push the status quo to ask "what's next" is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on the younger generation. We must teach empathy, compassion, and a sense of self committed to making this world a better place for everyone.
Art plays a crucial role in this delicate, and important, process. It puts to work those yet to be unleashed thoughts and feelings otherwise too difficult to express through traditional mediums. It is an avenue for understanding the world around you, hopefully leading to a place of acceptance, gratitude, and ultimately - joy.
Creativity comes in many forms - reading a favorite book, appreciating the beauty of the outdoors, a simple crayon and piece of paper. Today, let's celebrate our ability - and indeed, unique opportunity - to express ourselves.
And, a few sage words from an artistic icon, via Vox's "6 writers on why we need art now":
This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.