Resolutions are routinely made and discarded with astonishing speed, but some are worth preserving. One such resolution worth pursuing for the duration of this new year is greater involvement in the arts.
One of the best and most enjoyable ways of exploring the arts is to attend the events held in your own backyard. Attending local arts events means not just supporting the arts, but getting out and mingling with like-minded creators, networking with emerging artists, discovering new creative passions or deriving the inspiration to finally finish a project.
These events can get us out of our entertainment ruts and even serve as a great excuse to meet up with old friends—or make a few new ones. So don’t let these golden opportunities pass you by. Find out what’s coming to your town, and get out and get inspired!
Below are some upcoming events in Southern California that the TreeHouse editors will be attending. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you there. If you can’t make these, we encourage you to find some art events in your own neighborhood and share them with us on our social media sites.
Image from LA Art Show website
LA Art Show (through Sunday, January 18, 2015)
LA Convention Center (South Hall / J&K)
1201 South Figueroa Street
Side benefit: this event benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Find out more: http://www.laartshow.com
Literary Orange (April 11, 2015)
Irvine Marriott (near the John Wayne Airport)
18000 Von Karman Avenue
This event celebrates authors and affords attendees the opportunity to attend a couple of days of panel discussions addressing myriad topics.
Find out more: http://literaryorange.org
Chapman University’s John Fowles Center for Creative Writing
This series of events shines the spotlight on all forms of creative writing and showcases noteworthy authors. All events are free and open to the public. According to the Fowles Center web page: “The Center offers students and non-students alike an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the ‘written word’ and those who write it. Each year a distinguished group of national and international writers is invited to Chapman University, making these writers available not only to the Chapman community, but to the Orange County and, by extension, the Southern California community as well” (http://www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/research-centers/john-fowles-center/index.aspx.)
To view the schedule of authors and find out more: http://www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/research-centers/john-fowles-center/index.aspx