Recreation and Arts Interactions

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The core focus of the Recreation and Arts Agency is to facilitate participants’ access to recreation. The agency also works with limited partners whose businesses involve providing recreation and arts services to participants. It facilitates their work, and where necessary, trains them to better serve participants, and vets them to boost their credibility, and ultimately, their competitiveness.

The agency, as part of the District Bureau, also handles insurance. The Health and Nutrition Agency provides health and life insurance. The Life Planning Agency insures participants’ businesses, while the Recreation and Arts Agency insures community assets.

The Recreation and Arts Agency is served in every district by a district presidency. The presidency promotes participation in recreation activities and arts. It also monitors service providers to maintain high-quality services are provided to participants.

Space, inventory, and other facilitation are provided by other agencies. For instance, the Health and Nutrition Agency, which owns and manages all district buildings, leases space to those who offer recreational activities as their business. The Business Operations Agency factors any inventory they need, and leases them equipment.

Recreation and arts in the community

There are several reasons why the community attaches such great importance to recreation. It is a means of enhancing interaction between participants, encouraging more dedicated participation in the community, and improving the general health and quality of life for participants. The community regards recreation as something done outside normal working or school hours. The community especially emphasizes physical recreation when possible, including recreational sports.

The link between recreation and health has long been established. Kyung Hee Lee, in a 2020 study, states that opportunities for physical recreation boost physical and mental health and that poor urban design significantly contributes to poor mental health, mainly because of a lack of access to recreation and social activity. Health has a decisive impact on long-term economic success. It is therefore obvious that for the community to prosper, its participants must be able to easily access recreation facilities, and be motivated enough to do so regularly.

Arts include activities such as music (singing, playing musical instruments, conducting, and associated activities), acting, artistry (painting, leisure graphic animations, among others), and all other activities that would fit in this group. Arts offer participants a chance to continue lifelong learning besides their professions. Additionally, engaging in arts helps in life satisfaction, while enhancing their mental capacity.

For people who are undergoing stress and despair, art is a welcome distraction that helps them to cope. It is also effective in controlling or preventing associated illnesses such as high blood pressure. Cognitive decline can be slowed or averted if a person engages in arts more frequently.

Recreation and arts facilitation

Much of the community’s physical infrastructure is geared towards making it easier for participants to engage in recreation and arts. Every apartment block’s rooftop has a court and can be used to play pickleball, table tennis, and in other instances, a barbeque or small social event.

Each of the 24 district buildings also has ample recreation facilities. The first floor of each building has 2 Olympic-size swimming pools. These pools can be covered as desired with retractable floors. They can then used as dance floors, bowling alleys, and basketball courts, among other amenities. Additionally, various offices have adjustable walls, so that they can be used for indoor recreational activities such as art classes and activities as needed.

Figure 1: Pools have retractable floors like this one, and can be used for other activities

The community also has a storehouse alongside the central buildings. The storehouse is a 15-acre complex with various facilities that can be used or support arts and recreation. The storehouse is built and owned by the three bank agencies (Community, Capital, and Commercial Bank agencies). The agencies assign limited partners various facilities in the storehouse for maintenance. The Recreation and Arts Agency facilitates participants’ access to these facilities through the district presidencies.

At each of the four corners of the storehouse, there is a large facility to be used for recreation or access the necessary items. On one corner, there is a concert hall. The hall is used by participants for concerts, symphonies, and musicals. The concert hall is built to reflect local culture.

Figure 2: the concert hall, like Hale Center, will normally seat hundreds of people. It can also host smaller events

The second corner has a theatre, in which activities such as plays, smaller concerts, and singing are held. The opera house has general facilities, including an orchestra pit, the auditorium, and the main stage. Additionally, it has sufficient office space for administration, backstage, and costume workshops, in which costumes are made or adjusted as needed. The opera house is specially designed to keep external sounds out. It is also designed to enable actors and singers to be heard without the help of microphones.

Figure 3: The community has a theater like this one.

Another corner of the storehouse has a recreational center. The recreational center has a gym, as well as facilities and space for activities such as dancing and yoga. There are also facilities for indoor sports, such as basketball, tennis, squash, and badminton courts.

The fourth corner has a store where participants can access sportswear and equipment. Some items of sportswear and equipment can be bought by participants, while more expensive or complex equipment is hired from the Business Operations Agency, with limited partners who have business at the store helping with logistics. In between the various facilities, there are big box general merchandise stores, where participants can do their shopping.  

Within the storehouse, there is a stadium, which can be used for large sporting events such as tournaments. The stadium can also be used for concerts and other large social events. Alongside the stadium, there is a farmers’ market where participants can access fresh farm produce.

The community runs resorts in the hinterlands and surrounding areas. These resorts are run by limited partners who are contracted by the community. Participants can engage in recreational activities and use the resorts as their base. Game viewing, fishing, and glamping, among others, can be done here. The Recreation and Arts Agency facilitates the limited partners who manage the resorts to ensure they are properly run and accessible.

The agency needs to closely monitor and assist participants and service providers. District presidencies for recreation and arts help in this and are the primary link between participants and the community in this respect. Here, we illustrate instances where these interactions occur.

Illustration 1: Gym instructor

Before Tony became a limited partner, he used to work with a limited partner who owned a gym business, which was run out of one of the district buildings. Tony eventually joined the community, and now operates a business as a gym instructor in district office 1. Here, he has agreements with other gym instructors who specialize in different areas. The diverse specialties synergize with each other, and Tony and other limited partners can get more clients as a result.  

Tony leases space for a few hours a day in the district building from that district’s presidency for health and nutrition, which manages all space in the building. He leases his gym equipment from the Business Operations Agency. In addition to the gym, Tony also sells supplements for weight loss and gain, with the inventory being factored by the same agency.

Tony markets his business extensively using his website. He also uses social media, running regular ads and posts. His most successful outlet is his YouTube channel, through which he has reached participants in other communities too. Once in a while, they subscribe to his sessions too. Through his website, his clients can subscribe to various plans that he offers, including weight gain, weight loss, strength and fitness, cardio, boxing, and dancing, among others.

Tony maintains a profile on the Recreation and Arts Agency’s website, which has a portal that lists various fitness instructors and their areas of specialization. The profile also has reviews and ratings for Tony from present and past clients. These reviews help prospective clients to make good decisions about their gym instructor. Through his efforts, he can gain or lose business.

The portal shows clients that Tony has been vetted and accredited by the agency, and is licensed to practice. Additionally, it offers a simple way for them to compare Tony and other instructors, with important parameters such as experience, qualifications, and what other clients have to say about him.

Through the portal and its automated system, the Recreation and Arts Agency keeps close tabs on how Tony is doing, including his interactions with clients. From the data it collects and analyzes, the agency can recommend actions that Tony can do to improve his business and his client’s experience. For instance, negative reviews due to perceived inexperience can be remedied by recommending that Tony work closely with a more experienced limited partner who runs a similar business, for mentorship purposes. Tony will pay for such mentorship, or training with the agency evaluating to see whether it has had any effect. If Tony fails to get additional training, his overall score falls, and as a result, it becomes harder for him to secure new clients.

Interventions by the agency to improve Tony’s business will often be in concert with other agencies. The Stewardship Agency, for instance, will handle any training that involves Tony running his business better. The Business Planning Agency can help in adjusting Tony’s business plan to reflect reality.

Illustration 2: learning to play an instrument

Michael, Reuben, and James are limited partners. Each runs a business as a registered nurse. They are also keen music fans, focusing not only on the final product but also on how music is made. They have collaborated on numerous assignments in the past, enabling them to form tight professional and social bonds. Michael has recently come up with a suggestion that the other two have quickly embraced, to learn how to play an instrument.

They want to first learn how to play an acoustic guitar. Since this is completely new to them, the three use the Recreation and Arts Agency’s automated system to locate a suitable tutor. After checking the available tutors’ reviews, they select a tutor who runs their business in one of the district buildings. They then go through their website and social media handles to learn more about him and decide to hire him.

The lessons are held in one of the district buildings, in a space that the tutor hires for 5 hours, five days a week. Michael, Reuben, and James only train for one hour for four days due to their schedules. The tutor spends the rest of his time training other clients how to play various instruments, though he specializes in guitar training.

After four months, Reuben has learned how to strum simple songs, while the others are still struggling. They continue learning for a few more months, while Reuben advances to more complicated lessons.

Within the year, all three can comfortably play, though with differing mastery. They decide to take some time before deciding what next to learn to play. In the meantime, they will be meeting twice a week to practice and play together. Since they live in different villages, they decide to meet in one of the district buildings on Thursday and Friday evenings. They jointly put up the funds needed to rent space, though it is officially Michael who pays the district.

From time to time, they are joined and also join other amateur guitarists to unwind or to learn new tricks. Sometimes, the larger group can hire a tutor to help them in short sessions. In others, they just train each other. The group uses the Recreation and Arts Agency’s automated system to find each other.

When they want to meet as a bigger group and practice orchestral music, the three can organize other limited partners who are interested. They put up the fees needed to rent space for a few hours in the theatre. They work with the limited partner who runs the hall on behalf of the Recreation and Arts Agency, who can also help in preparations and connecting different interested participants to join. The group nominates one person, who is responsible for collecting funds, paying the rent, and agreeing on any other arrangements with the host, on behalf of the agency.