I am a visual artist and art center director. I have also worked as a writer for several publications but prefer to get out from behind the computer and get my hands and my mind into my work so I shifted my focus away from writing but still like to write a piece from time to time and nice editors let me do that. The best days at the art center are when there are dancers, actors, musicians and artists all swirling around the building working on productions and projects. It is a very busy and alive place to work. I thrive there. We also host meetings and seminars on a variety of interesting subjects. Never a dull moment.
My neighbors because they coexist so beautifully. I wish it could spread around the world.
I can read your mind. It scares me.
Parking tickets. Ugh.
Celeste’s CreativeMornings activity
When my hands are dirty, when my schedule's messed up, when I'm helping someone else...I'm surprised, sometimes by how crazy my life can be, and it's hard. But because we're really working for each other, and it's not just for me, it's not just for my gain...it's really strong.
People who need help in addiction look just like everyone who is sitting here.
Those relationships—if you deny someone opportunity, they lose those relationships. I think it's super important that we recognize that.
Jobs are critical, but the relationships that we gain in the jobs that we have are huge. Do you recognize how many of your closest friends you met at work? Can you imagine? I bet over half of you would be happy to leave your job now, if you could take all of your friends with you at work...we cultivate so many wonderful relationships that are so integral to who we are, and what we become, at work.
Rob Perez We all can restart. We all can help.
Sometimes the hard path is the path to success in your own heart, in your own soul, and in your own mind. It doesn't have to be easy, it just has to be good.
I started to think a lot about how the process of making art there was much different. I not only had limited means, which aided creativity, but I was also free from a lot of pressures that our society can put on people in terms of what they're making, or whether or not they're getting paid for it. I was able to find this different type of freedom on the inside—freedom from pressures to have 'things,' to want a 'nice car,' or these impulses that are created artificially in our brains and need to be exercised.
I was suddenly making art not because I had the privilege to do it...it was an attempt to 'salvage' these years. When you get a long prison sentence when you're 20, there's people telling you 'oh you're going to lose the best years of your life.' And I was determined not to feel like that at the end of the sentence, that I hadn't lost these years, but instead actually gained something.
Spencer Reinhard Freedom and Honesty
Scott Shapiro on Community
Mimi Pickering on Commitment
Django Kroner Living Among the Trees
Crystal Wilkinson Find Your Childlike Curiosities
Creativity is not just the process of thinking, but it's very much the process of DOING.
Curiosity is the engine that drives creativity of any kind.
The base of every good story is "what if?"
The base of every curiosity is the question—"why?"
Lamar Wilson LOVE | FREEDOM | LIGHT
Pioneers set up camp in the unknown. They can be comfortable in the uncomfortable.
You gotta let people see what it is you are, what you do. You can't create things and leave it in the basement.