Businesses Should Build Hope

“Art is the highest form of hope.”

Gerhard Richter

Art can be such a life-giving, energy-fueling creator of wonder. I’m not very good at art. But I love to marvel in other people’s creations. I think art really can fill people with hope.

Public art is perhaps one of the greatest ways to deliver that hope, because it’s right there on the street corner for everyone to enjoy, not limited by hours or entrance fees, not tucked away in a private collection for the privileged.

That kind of inspiration and creativity sitting out in the open for all to enjoy—that’s a public good. It can improve the entire community, as well as inspire your own organization.

That’s why I spent so much time working to bring art to West St. Paul’s Art Park. It’s also why I’m helping with a new project at the Art Park. I’ve been inspired, encouraged, and shaped by art others have helped create, so shouldn’t I help make that possible for others?

Businesses and organizations should look beyond themselves and be part of building hope in their own communities. Certainly it’s good PR, but more than that it’s boosting the entire community. There are a myriad of ways to do that, and public art is just one, but find ways for your organization to give back.