"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist."
-- St. Francis of Assisi
We live in a society that prizes what's commonly called the hard sciences -- programming, engineering, statistics, and other skills that require a mathematical bent. That's well and good. But it's easy to forget that we are a people who crave something more.
We tend to forget that beauty, spirituality, philosophical viewpoints and personal self-expression are essential to the well-being of society. (We also forget that there's a direct link between creativity and sciences/math.)
Are those gifted with creative flair in music, art, sculpture and creativity a dying breed -- those who prefer to focus their efforts in creative applications second class citizens? More important, are we forgetting that creative people frequently are also highly skilled mathematicians, scientists and engineers?
We might think so when we listen to how difficult it is for creative people to find a way to make a decent living. Yes, there are the Stephen Kings and the Madonnas who make it to the heights but, on average, artistic people tend to live quiet lives contributing to their communities the best of their talents and hoping that some day they, too, will be recognized for having contributed to the betterment of those around them.
This site is dedicated to those special people...the men and women who play the organ at our churches, who create the programs for local theatre events, who dance and sing their way into our hearts. It's dedicated to the people we think fondly of when we fight traffic each day on our way to offices where we work diligently to tame databases and financial plans. It's a testimonial to those who transform those hard sciences into products filled with excitement, color and design that entertain, educate and inspire us.
If you know someone special who deserves recognition here for their contributions, small or large, let us know. If you are engaged in an artistic pursuit and are making a business of it, feel free to share your experiences. And, if you are a corporation who celebrates creativity in your organization, let us know, we want to honor you too.
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