September 2020 Newsletter
September 01, 2020
“I’m in love with the sun and with the reflections in the water, and to paint them I would go around the world.” -Auguste Renoir
The uncertainty that surrounds us has made it difficult to find joy in the simple pleasures of the summer. I will never again take for granted the ability to spontaneously meet friends for a meal, walk on the beach without concern, or touch and smell produce at a farmer’s market. At times it felt as if the summer of 2020 could not offer the past opportunities for rejuvenation and renewal.
And yet, with a bit of effort, I found that we can step into these challenging times and find different versions of past experiences. The moments may be smaller and quieter, but they are still there. The heat on our skin, the special color of summer sunlight and the taste of ripe Maryland tomatoes and dripping peaches are all still there for us - waiting for us to move toward them in a different way to encounter the same rewards.
My hope is that, as we gather our resources for an uncertain fall, you have found summer moments that are inspiring and can be called upon as needed. We have difficult work ahead and the communities of Maryland are relying on the creatives in our state to lead the way.
Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council