I believe there is value beyond measure in the practice of art. I believe that God as Creator, has created each one of us to be creative. In every world religion, creativity has been extolled in the diligence and humility of its carvers, painters, seamstresses and builders of sanctuary, of the objects within it of the places of prayer, worship and rest. Safe havens.
Even today creativity is seen in children in their sandcastles and snowmen, in colouring books and crayons. In adults who enjoy cooking, sewing, designing and planning. In work as contractors, architects and problem solvers. In healing.
This is why I believe that investing in and supporting the arts, is not only virtue but a necessity. Not only for our future leaders who will need to lead creatively but for each and every one of us.