Silent Rise

A City, the Arts, and a Blue-Collar Kid

Non-Fiction - Memoir
348 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2021
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Silent Rise: A City, the Arts, and a Blue-Collar Kid by Rick H. Jones documents the transformative power of the arts in reshaping Hamilton, a city in Ohio. During his childhood, Jones’s parents empowered him to pursue his dreams. His love for the arts began during Saturday art classes at the Dayton Art Institute that his mom took him to. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting in 1970, and later, with a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. After a teaching job in Missouri, and while serving as the director of an arts center in Wooster, Ohio, Jones got a call in 1990 from Ralph Burgard. Burgard was a renowned leader and advocate who believed that art programs would help transform communities and that they are tools for economic development. Burgard expressed his confidence in Jones’s ability to direct Hamilton’s arts center.

Silent Rise is an enlightening work that traces the role of the arts in unifying communities, developing skills, using the arts to help students understand academic concepts, and inspiring creativity. In the book, Jones also tackles the challenges that art programs face such as limited funding and how various people including community leaders stepped in and sought solutions. It also shows that regardless of their pasts, cities and communities can benefit from the arts which are significant tools in initiating and maintaining a city’s renaissance and growth. Despite its crime rate and its depiction as an industrial city, Jones saw Hamilton as a suitable place to establish an arts center. Fitton Center’s contribution to educational advancement and economic performance through the years is evident. Silent Rise by Rick H. Jones is an illuminating memoir that explores the important, positive role of the arts in developing cities.

Daniel D Staats

The creative arts play an important part in the life and development of both people and cities. While many have thought the funding of the arts is a waste of money, studies have shown the importance of improving and maintaining the morale and health of humans. Rick H. Jones in his book Silent Rise has given an interesting history of the development of art initiatives as well as the history and development of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, OH. He keeps the story interesting by including anecdotes of the events involved. The reader will share the struggles of leading a city/town to try something they never did before as well as join the elation of seeing the breakthroughs and victories.

Silent Rise by Rick H. Jones is the story of art. It is the story of community. It is the story of involvement. Rick tells the story of the development of Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, OH, and how it grew to affect so many. The center developed and hosted events inside their building. They also went into the community. They did not just entertain the wealthy, but they brought the arts to the common man, the poor, the underserved, and the middle class. The struggle was long and at times hard-fought, but it was successful and changed a city. Rick tells the story in a compelling manner that keeps the reader engaged. This is a must-read for anyone who works with a not-for-profit or desires to start one. There is a lot of wisdom that Rick has gained over his years and he gladly shares it with his readers.