Art is essential and the focus of this memoir and novel which spans many time periods and eras. Years have changed the sciences and created the importance of art, the humanities and schools that have eliminated budgets or lowered them for arts programs sadly neglect its importance. While these programs are state and nationwide and depend on endowments many have be taken away. To me the arts whether, music, paintings, or dance are so important to children to learn about the many fields books and movies need to embrace it as topics. Silent Rise is a testimony to the importance of the arts. But the author explains how unfortunate, misguide and how people do not embrace them and would rather place their time and money elsewhere. The book shows how it changes the life of the author who is a talented painter and the impact it had on the city of Hamilton Ohio.
The author reflects on his education, family life and where it all began for him in Hamilton where he hopes to ignite a spark and furor for the arts and to other cities. There are programs that he was involved it but first we share his early life, the parents that were strict with him, his schooling, his Wooster Years and then how things began in Wooster, Hamilton and the planning periods that helped to create the art. Silent Rise helps readers understand how the arts are in important and impact schools, communities and our local governments and she describes a program called Spectra in different phases and how it changes over time. He started as a blue-collar childhood and advance to become the administrator a of a powerful world class and center called the Fitton center for Creative Arts and we get to know the man who it is named for in many chapters so you will understand how this center was named for him. Silent Rise is a powerful novel that will keep you glued to the printed page and help you to understand why as now the Executive Director or this Center he has made an impact on the arts community and more.
The chapters that I found compelling and interesting started with The Planning and how he moved up from being the director of the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster and the process of learning how the Hamilton group led by Dick Fitton would hopefully create interest in the arts and help improve academic performance with the aid of Ralph Burgard the planning began and the end result was he orchestrated the plan and structural cultural plans in Hamilton in 1990 and used his ability to engage participants and delegate the process to local community leaders and volunteers. The outcome was amazing and the fact that he thanked everyone for their help heartwarming. The author shares the seven goals for the Cultural plan which are plan and build an arts center, improve the quality of education in the schools through the arts, strength area cultural resources , create more vital areas in Hamilton and Fairfield and constituents, determine the best organizational arts center, the cost of arts center structure and finally establish ongoing evaluations and planning procedures for daily operations of the arts center and the chapter explains how this was done. The interview for the position was interesting and enlightening including the questions and the answers he gave. The chapter on Racism was revealing and asking the question what made someone a racist added to the importance and relevance of this chapter and the reasons why some people are racists. Creating a racist panel that went around to many communities is a positive way to handle the problem and bring people together as one. Silent Rise is a memoir of hope, understanding, how perceptions change and how people of all background and neglected people living in a community can benefit from an arts problem and bring importance to where they live. Finally, he relates important events and details regarding the Fitton Center and its projects artist going into schools that had to be exciting, musicians performing in cafes poetry, pottery programs to help the needy and the hunter and the most exciting the structural centerpiece place in the public square and are compelling the build of apartments for artists. Chapter 36 focuses on Artspace Projects Inc. followed by a major change and decision about two years before the beginning of this project and the construction work . What is his decision was you will have to read, and it might surprise you what the discussion with his wife was about? Deciding on doing something else might be one choice and creating this book another but here is much more. Leadership change and the final chapter reveals his goals in the present and his relationship with Hamilton and the arts program. In his own words: I continue to feel an enormous level of pride for having been given the opportunity to develop and lean and organization that became a key player in Hamilton’s renaissance. I had the opportunity in my position to influence business political and nonprofit decision makers and ultimately policy. This book is his example of how became some effective and more.