Rebecca: We’ve talked about, before, when you and I had met, about York going through this Renaissance. Especially when it comes to the art scene.
You had mentioned that, if these flood gates stay open five, six years, that York could really continue to see that growth for the next 20 years. It could just expand and do so much more and be this epicenter for the arts.
So, can you kind of elaborate on that a little bit? What do you see in that growth?
Cal: I see that, when you go into a town, and I’m gonna bring this back around to York, most cities you walk into, smaller ones, you can tell if the arts is facing you. You can tell by what you see on the streets, you can tell by the number of galleries. You can tell by the way that the arts are accepted and respected.
You go down the streets of York 20 years ago, you wouldn’t have necessarily known what their feeling was on the arts. In fact, it was like the arts had its back turned to you, and it didn’t mean it wasn’t here. It was always here, it was just covered.
Now, you go down the street, you see sculptures on the corners, galleries open, a number of events that happen that are built into the city’s structure, and those outside of the city, also. It’s starting to turn its face toward people with its art. It’s accepting of it, and what I hope to see coming in the future is that we start solving more and more of our problems using the arts.
It is an amazing way for people to tell their story, for them to get out their angst and their pain, and also to just open up the sky to a little more light, and so a lot of those things mean nothing. What’s the bottom line? What’s the dollar amount?
And there are a lot of studies, but the one that always sticks in my head is that for every million dollars spent, 23 million comes back. That means a lot. The arts are a coal-burning energy starter for a city of any size, and there’s all these artists, and they’re constantly working, and what we want is constant work.
We build highways into people’s minds and souls. The people will pay for entertainment. They’ll pay for things like our amazing Fringe Festival that just happened.
You know, they’ll come to this town to be a part of that, and to see it in a different way than they would in a larger city. York can be an epicenter for arts done a different way, and not just industrial arts. I think that’s amazing, that we have enough of that here.
Do more of it, but also other things, and I’d love to see York be a place where artists come to live and raise their families. I think that would be amazing, but there’s some things we do need to do here.
We need to solidify our school systems. I think that having a school of the arts here would be an amazing thing.
I think we need more and more festivals to happen, and yes, it does cost money, but these things do generate funds, also.
But I do think York is a great place to raise your children and I think it’s a great place to settle down, and I think we can have a lot more artists that would look at this as being their home, and if it is their home, it’s a place they would sell their art, it’s a place they would do their art, and it’s a place that they would bring others from outside to come to, to see what they did.