November 24, 2020
 
As children and teenagers, we get a glimpse at the history of art. Names like Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh take the stage. We begin to recognize art as this older medium, beautifully accomplished centuries ago and displayed for us to historically experience. But we infrequently connect it with the more modern art of today, for which it laid a sturdy foundation.

Art appreciators and benefactors such as Baryn Futa strive to make this connection more relevant within today’s society. High art -- art that is appreciated beyond the surface by those with cultivated cultural taste -- is as present today as it was Michelangelo painted the frescos of the Sistine Chapel. It’s long been a central component of history and community and remains as such today, according to Baryn Futa. Whether it’s a piece in a small-town art gallery or a global presentation of an up-and-coming painter, the arts remain as critical to culture as they ever were before -- and essential to community well beyond an art history textbook.