Gear up for arts and culture

Local art, music and theater groups are gearing up for what promises to be another strong season of performances this fall and winter.

Sure, there are plenty of cultural activities in the spring and summer, and, of course, the city’s largest events are in July and September, respectively. Minot State Summer Theatre is a distinct pleasure as are numerous other, smaller events.

That said, when the weather takes just a slight dip, school is back in and people are less likely to spend their weekends on the lakes, the arts and culture season really heats up.

Local cultural organizations, school-based programs and Minot State University’s sizable and diverse cultural programs combine to provide months and months of entertainment.

Many arts and culture groups endure challenges with funding and participation, despite being such valuable commodities for the community. The only way to address those challenges is fostering support from local residents.

Let’s pledge that support this year as individuals. To support the terrific array of cultural programming, if each one of us commits to taking in one show, concert or exhibit above and beyond those we’d otherwise see, the impact would dynamic to local troupes.

It seems like such an easy commitment to make – but one that will have an impact well beyond what we see.