the closest distance

Tell the story that’s been growing in your heart, the characters you can’t keep out of your head, the story that speaks to you, that pops into your head during your daily commute, that wakes you up in the morning.

~ Jennifer Weiner

The Closest Distance  A project by Larissa Board, a recent Studio Art graduate of Lewis & Clark College and an aspiring filmmaker.


As a mother of two creative kids, it’s hard to see the arts and literature fall away with the Common Core Standards.  My oldest middle schooler has not read one novel this year in her English class but has been assigned a biography and non-fiction book report.  My youngest is still in Catholic Schools, which in my opinion tend to nourish the painters and storytellers among us more than other schools do.  With an overt emphasis on the practical at the expense of the imagined, how can we inspire anyone to dream?  Encourage those who make art and support them with your time and treasure.  Buy books.  Watch movies.  Go to art galleries and hang whatever you can afford.  Take your beloved to the symphony.  Or just drop a dollar in that open guitar case next time you’re downtown.  And most importantly, support the creative life in our schools.

Support Arts Education through the National Endowment for Arts

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