Women’s History Month: SWAC Exec. Dir. shares passion for the arts and message to future leaders
SALISBURY, Md. – In honor of Women’s History Month, 47 ABC sat down with Therese Hamilton, Executive Director of the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council (SWAC), to shine a light on her life and why she says the arts have the power to change a life.
Hamilton says her passion into the arts started as a child when she was in theater and played music. Those qualities following her into adulthood would help her develop even more as an artist, when she became a published author.
Now, she says, her driving force at SWAC is a slogan she follows daily: “to bring the arts to the people and to bring the people to the arts.”
She says by doing just that she can help people understand just why the arts are so important and how they can influence our lives to push us forward.
“Have you ever tried to sing and be mad at someone at the same time?” Hamilton says. “It just doesn’t work. The arts are the healing, they are the heart. They are the thing that get us through and wanting to get up every morning and go on to the next thing.”
Hamilton’s passion is what she says makes her want to help people, especially the younger population, so they can see that they can be anything they want to be, as long as they keep “singing.”
“Keep singing, literally and figuratively,” Hamilton said. “Don’t lose your voice no matter how bad it gets, and I know its bad.”
Hamilton has served as Executive Director of SWAC for the past 12 years and seems to show no signs of slowing down. She says being in this position makes her heart sing and she hopes to continue to share that same feeling with the community to help them fall in love with the arts.