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Your thoughts on the Arts
What the Arts mean in my life/To my company?
“The function of Art lies in breaking down the barriers that tie us to the earth, and in giving us a window to the infinite.” Although I do not know who to properly credit this quote to, my University English Professor at St. Francis Xavier, Pat Walsh, would open every lecture with this quote and I have taken it with me since. The Arts in every community is the basic fabric by which everything is woven. Each of experiences the world in a different way and as we wind our way through our lives it is the incorporation of the arts that allows to see think and feel differently. Our Hearts swell as we hear beautiful Aria. We shed tears over the beauty of the violin. A painting stops us in our tracks to engage us and drive us to reflection. Without The Arts we are absent of conscious and lost in a world of consumerism.

How are we involved in the arts in the Valley?
The Home Depot has been in The Comox Valley for 8 years contributing to many worthwhile cultural events such as Vancouver Island Music Fest, Earth Day, Comox Valley fine arts committees, Rainbow Youth Theatre, Courtenya Little theatre and Theatreworks. Team Depot, The Home Depot’s volunteer force has also worked on many projects in the community, most recently the Dawn to Dawn Society’s public raised Garden beds and the Vanier School project on “Conquering Silence.” We are proud to be a member of the community promoting the elevation of the Arts in our society.