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Letters to the Editor

Creston: Arts is inclusive

From Brian Zachary

Secretary for Creston: Arts

Creston

Creston: Arts is an art council for the Creston area. We host a public art gallery in the restored Creston Depot. We also hold a summer art camp for kids and a chalk mural festival, Chalk the Town, for the Fourth of July and many other art related projects and activities.

Whether our activities are for kids or adults, we strive to maintain an environment where people feel safe to express themselves without judgment. We value constructive criticism but allow people the space to be themselves, if only for a little while. Where we draw the line are acts of bigotry or prejudice. Creston: Arts takes freedom of expression very seriously, and we strongly believe that nobody should tolerate any kind of “supremacy.” We believe that our cultural and physical differences are what adds beauty to life and are something to be celebrated, together, not used to divide us.

The members of Creston: Arts are embarrassed and saddened by the recent racist incidents in our community and others across this state and country, but we draw hope from the instances of compassion and selflessness. We want people of all religions, colors, genders, sexual preference, body-shapes, socio-economic levels, ages and abilities to come be a part of our programs. If you are someone that values inclusiveness, please join us in raising our community up, not keeping it down.

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