Letters to the Editor

Community well-served by arts organizations

The quiet and steady efforts of many organizations in the community are often overlooked in community newspapers, whose editors must cull from crowd and insert in even fewer pages than they might wish to allow.

For this particular reason, I would like to have recognition given for the recent efforts of two such groups –– the Korean Artists Association of Washington, which has, in conjunction with Federal Way Regional Library, sponsored a pair of enriching and informative workshops sharing the talents of artists Jessica Kim and Jungho Kim, residents in the greater metropolitan area.

Such open doors do far more than offer one evening’s introduction to whatever art format or technique listed on the agenda. Outreach like this, as you are well aware, builds connecting bridges not only between artists and their audience, but cultures and communities.

The Korean Artists Association of Washington, in particular, is to be commended for its initiative an d willingness to show creativity and leadership in this area, as well as provide an excellent model for similar organizations in the locality to adapt and possibly emulate.

Kudos should not be neglected to the King County Library System as a whole, as well as the dynamic local representatives which have pioneered diversity in their programming for over 15 years.

In the days when voters are wringing their hands at overspending and lack of leadership –– a number of civic, economic and transportation issues come to mind immediately –– the steady heads, hearts and talents of the arts and literary communities are thankfully truly trustees of public good.

MIZU M. SUGIMURA

Federal Way

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