by Paul Kaminski
on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 2:00pm.
Throughout September and October, the Berg Larsen Group will be donating $100 to the MacPhail Center for Music with each new listing we put on the Twin Cities market. The MacPhail Center uses music education to build connections, engage communities, and spread joy and beauty.
Art takes many shapes and forms, and offers a window to other ways of life, societies, and cultures. Literature is a great record of social history and architectural styles. Often, an author’s inspiration for characters and setting comes directly through their own experiences with such. Through her research into the houses of British literature, Phyllis Richardson found “literature is filled with thinking, writing, and imagining houses in ways that betray a particular consciousness of house and home.” A sense of identity, ideas of personality, symbols of social status, and other links to the past are all conveyed in the most memorable of fictional settings.
Film and television adaptations of literature eternalize all of these cultural aspects and rapidly transmit them. The past can be present; yesterday’s designs are every day, and artfully familiar.
The arts are unique in this way of speaking to the hearts of individuals and communities, alike. Literature asks both author and reader to use the power of imaginative descriptions to enter a fictional world, and get lost for hours on end. Film turns fiction into reality, seeing into believing, and brings entire communities together to celebrate a premiere event.
We are so excited to give back to our communities by supporting the arts! The MacPhail Center for Music teaches the intrinsic value of music and continues to share this beautiful art with the world. As founder William MacPhail said, "A city, state or nation cannot live by industry alone. There must be something for the heart and soul."