No Bounds To Creativity

No bounds to creativity

By MARY NADEAU Observer-Dispatch (Sept 2008)

Creativity. Quality. Family.

These three things are important to Bob Mortis.

As director of performing arts for Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Mortis deals in creative endeavors daily.

“I’m passionate about the arts because creativity is involved,” he said. “Everything you do can be creative. No matter what path you choose to follow in life, cultural events can provide nourishment for the creative spirit.

“Arts are for everybody, of course. From pre-historic cave drawings to Greek tragedies to the latest blockbuster, we express ourselves through the arts,” he said. “They’re a universal language that speaks to the soul. They have a unifying effect, where people can find common ground.”

What’s the most important thing Mortis looks for when he books shows?
“Quality! Also, if I can bring in something new, I will – if it’s quality.”

Mortis attributes his professional success, including higher attendance at area arts events, to making the right choices and learning from the process.

“When I follow my instincts and follow my heart, I make the best choices,” he said.
Mortis made an important life choice while he was doing the show “Is There Life After High School?” for Spring Farm CARES.

“It’s an ensemble show of different scenes and songs ... I met my wife there.”
Which brings us to family, the most important thing to Mortis.

“After I met my wife six years ago, from that point forward, my life changed for the better,” he said. “Brooke is my best friend, my most ardent supporter, and soon, she’ll be a wonderful mother. We’re expecting twin boys in January.”

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