Dayna Del Val, executive director of The Arts Partnership, reflects on why the arts matter to her in her monthly column for the InForum’s Variety section. She cites many instances where the arts helped transform her into who she is, including her time acting in Straw Hat Players productions while in college. 

“I learned that I could work harder than I knew I had the capacity to, that I could build one heck of a flat, memorize lines, learn music, sew costumes and set lights, seemingly all at the same time,” Del Val said.

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