Arts For the Schools | Make more art this new year |

Arts For the Schools | Make more art this new year

This painting of Little Red Riding Hood was created by a third- grade student at Tahoe Lake Elementary under the direction of Artist in Residence Anke Hass. The Artist in Residence program is funded by Measure A and delivered to all third, fourth and fifth-graders and at-risk high school students within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Did you make your New Year’s resolutions this year?

The concept of creating New Year’s resolutions is so ingrained in U.S. culture the government even has a list of popular resolutions. Here is the list of top resolutions, courtesy of

Lose weight, volunteer to help others, quit smoking, get a better education, get a better job, save money, get fit, eat healthy food, manage stress, manage debt, take a trip, reduce, reuse and recycle, and lastly, drink less alcohol.

All of the above goals are very doable, and on the website you will find links for each to help you achieve your goals.

New Year’s resolutions are about hopefulness.

Hoping you will keep the resolutions you make this year? Experts say you will be more successful if you break them down into small, identifiable steps.

However, most Americans don’t reach their goals. Their New Year’s resolutions get tossed aside or forgotten. The resolutions take work, and don’t always make you feel happy along the way.

Well, Arts for the Schools is here to help you with that.

How about considering a resolution (or two) for 2014 that will make you feel happy and successful?

Ignore the end goal and focus on the day-to-day process. Try a process-based resolution. Find joy in the process.

Make more art. That’s right — make more art.

Before you think of all the reasons you can’t make more art — you don’t know how, you don’t have time, you need supplies — stop and think about the process that is art.

Kids are great at art, they call it play. Crayons on the wall? Making mud pies? Making up a silly song that gets repeated over and over, and over, and over till everyone around you is nuts?

Twirling and dancing in a favorite dress-up dress? What is your favorite memory of play as a kid?

If you have kids at home now, play with them, see their play as art, and help them discover new ways to make art.

Lose yourself in the process of art and feel happy, feel playful.

Visual and performing arts are important parts of a child’s education. Encourage your kids to draw and write and sing and dance.

No kids? No problem. Get yourself back into the play of your childhood. Try doodling, or singing in the shower, or dancing down the hallway.

Be happy — make more art in your life.

Resolution number two to help you feel happy this year is to advocate for the arts. Recall how simple it is for everyone to advocate for the arts – go to a gallery, attend a performance, go for a hike and see art in nature and your surroundings. Talk about what you see and hear with friends and family. Call it “being mindful of art”. It is something you can do every day, there is no end. Be happy in the process of seeing art in your daily life, and helping others to see it too. You will happily be an art advocate when you attend the two remaining Arts For the Schools OnStage public performances. On March 28, Joe Craven and his daughter Hattie will be at the Church Street Theater. In April, the ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno will be presented at the North Tahoe High School Theater. Or you can donate to Arts For the Schools, and get the good feeling of bringing art to our community.

Our vision at Arts For the Schools is for art education to be part of every student’s life and for the value of art education to be embraced as an important learning experience within our schools and our community. Here’s hoping you achieve all your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions, and that you will consider adding two more.

For more information on Arts For the Schools programs and to purchase tickets or make a donation, please visit our website at

Paula Rachuy is a member of the Arts For the Schools Board of Trustees.

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