With winter just around the corner and 2020 soon drawing to a close, it feels like an appropriate and productive time to look back on the year’s events and reflect on what went well and perhaps what could have been done better.
As we all contemplate the many challenges we were confronted with in 2020, we wanted to share some stories of hope from the 13 western states in our region. These stories offer examples of ways the arts and culture sector is addressing current challenges, specifically the COVID-19 pandemic, and our nation’s coming to terms with its history of ongoing racial inequity. Each story resonates with one common theme: resilience. Resilience, that characteristic that demonstrates an ability to bend but not break, a bouncing forward rather than falling back.
At this chaotic and uncertain time, we hope you find inspiration in these Stories of Resilience and the coming together of communities to overcome adversity and ensure a brighter future for us all.