The two participants for the Creative Placemaking forum were Jamie Bennett with Artplace America, and Jason Schupbach, with the National Endowment for the Arts--two of America's largest financial supporters for Creative Placemaking. Artists, directors of community organizations, and politicians were in attendance to learn more about how they could get funding for art projects that would be mutually beneficial to both artists and community.
|ARTISTS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS, and POLITICIANS. The audience was rich in talent and interest but in need of funding and ideas of how to engage community and artists in shared endeavors.|
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|Duluth Mayor and Christine|
In addition to learning about intriguing, fun, and beautiful outcomes in major US cities as a result of endowments to the arts in Creative Placemaking from the NEA and Artplace and the powerful impact of that art in the communities was one big surprising fact! While 96 percent of people value art, surprisingly only 27 percent value the artmaker! The perception of the artist in our communities definitely needs to change!
I was also left pondering something involving our own perceptions of self as artists.
Jamie Bennett said that when people in an audience are asked if they are soccer, tennis, or golf players, a vast number of hands are raised. However, when an audience is asked if anyone is an artist, there may be only a few hands that haltingly go up. How is it that in the continuum of athletic prowess, people are willing to acknowledge their abilities to play a sport, even when on a continuum from beginning golf player to an expert one like Tiger Woods, their is a vast difference in performance ability? Yet in the art continuum of beginning singer, musician, painter to professional accomplished ones, people are reluctant to even to claim a beginning artist status. They don't even step into the arena!
If you happen to be one of these artists reluctantly claiming your place in the artist's continuum, I want you to write to me immediately and announce yourself as an artist! Do it now!
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|I AM AN ARTIST, A BLOGGER, A CREATIVE COMMUNITY BUILDER. As the creator and administrator of the Daily Creative Practice, a Facebook Group with more than 800 members, I am interested in how individuals can be supported by an online community as they explore their creativity in their homes. As a member of the board of WCAGA, I am also interested in supporting and finding ways to mentor upcoming artists in real time and place here in Atlanta.|
With reluctance, I did not write on today's prompt for #REVERB14 (Day 2).
What unfinished projects from 2014 am you willing to release now? (Regret not required.)
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