On the Upbeat, Positively Carolan

To the Editor …

Re: ‘Genius’ grant doesn’t measure city’s livability

Michael C. Wagoner of Hillsboro is dead wrong that art is not necessary, that it does not build a thriving city.

It will no doubt come as a surprise to him that children’s involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Both art and music — whether passively or actively engaged in — can improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Not to mention helping reduce high blood pressure!

As a returnee to Portland (after 20 years in San Diego) I can personally attest that the abundance of art and music, artists and musicians, plays a large part in the renowned neighborly ambiance, friendliness and indeed the livability of my beloved hometown.




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