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Art center helps community get in touch with culture

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Updated: 2016-02-18

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Art center helps community get in touch with culture

Chinese traditional art lovers in Zhangjiagang city now have a place to exchange their art skills as the Xiangshan Art Center open to the public in Jingang District on Jan 10. [Photo/zjgonline.com.cn]

Chinese traditional art lovers in Zhangjiagang city now have a place to exchange their skills and ideas with a new art center opened to the public in Jingang District on Jan 10.

The ancient and elegantly-styled art center sits in Xiangshan Central Square, its rooms crowded on evening or weekends as locals come to appreciate and learn about art.

Owner of the art center is Miu Yisong, a local passionate about art and culture and fostering similar feelings in others. "I want to find out potential talents by hosting free classes and cultivating talents as descendants of our traditional culture," said Miu.

Local resident Mao Hui fell in love with the elegant atmosphere after having several Guqin (an ancient Chinese instrument) classes. "The environment here is perfect," said Mao, "I really enjoy playing the Guqin, it's where I found inner peace in my heart." Mrs. Mao said she would send her daughter to learn the skill on winter vacation developing the child's taste in art.

Many find it difficult to imagine that the popular art center is privately run at Miu's own expense. To keep it running, Miu strived to solve the problem of fund shortages by cultural experience outsourcing.

After carrying out research, Miu found that government, private enterprises and even residents need cultural experiences provided by professional cultural agencies. And so, Xiangshan Art Center is able to provide bespoke cultural experiences for government and businesses to raise funds.

To help raise funds for the art center, Miu organized a traditional lantern riddle guessing activity and held it in Xiangshan Square.

Carrying the enthusiasm of culture spreading, Miu hopes that the local government can provide some support, including cooperating with the education department to introduce calligraphy and Guqin to schools.

In 2016, Miu plans to promote the art center brand by holding a lantern riddle guessing contest among local schools and participating in local art festivals.

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