My favorite city (other than Buffalo, of course…) is New York City. One of the things I love about New York is that it has such a strong arts community. New York has some of the best music, art, theater and literary events in the country. I try to visit as often as possible, and, luckily for me, my in-laws live in Mount Vernon, which is a short train ride outside of the city.
Last Thursday, we drove to New York for the long weekend. On Friday, we took the train into Manhattan and visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). They had a special exhibit on the artist Diego Rivera. He was a Mexican painter who mostly did large murals. They were incredibly powerful and thought-provoking. Even my 8-year-old son was in awe of his work. His art was beautiful but also told stories – stories of his heritage, stories of government abuse, stories that could be told better in a picture than in words.
On Saturday, we drove to Brooklyn and saw a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. My son didn’t get to see this one. (Shakespeare isn’t interesting to most people, but especially not to those under the age of 10.) The play was written around 1590, but it still rang true in 2012. They used technology and music to make it even more powerful than it must have been in the 16th century. We were still talking about it hours after we’d left the theater.
So, what’s the point of all of this?
I guess my point is to share how important the arts are to me – music, art, books, theater – and to encourage you to experience the arts as often as you can. Buffalo isn’t New York of course, but there are still some amazing experiences to be had. For example, I just read that Theater of Youth is putting on a production of A Wrinkle in Time this month. You could read the book and then watch the play. If you like visual arts, Buffalo is blessed with the world-renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery. They even have cool summer workshops for kids. Remember – you’re never too young to start developing a love of the arts!