|LIFE BEGINS HERE! Before emerging from the "egg", wouldn't it be great if you already knew your LIFE's MISSION? (art by Ruth Schowalter)|
Well what is C4 Atlanta? C4 Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that is assisting Atlanta artists in developing the skills to make an income from their ART! And I happen to be an Atlanta artist currently enrolled in two of C4 Atlanta's classes (Website Bootcamp and Ignite) to cultivate the business savvy to do just that.
As a result of taking these two classes, I am needing to revisit the mission I developed for this blog as I go about developing a business plan and a website to sell my "products" and "services." But what the heck is a mission statement, and how is it different from a vision statement?
Let's look at C4 Atlanta's mission and vision statement:
C4 Mission Statement:
C4 Atlanta connects arts entrepreneurs to the people, skills, and tools they need to build a successful artistic career in metro Atlanta.
C4 Vision Statement:
Our vision is for Atlanta artists to earn a living making art.
|WEBSITE BOOTCAMP. Joe Winter, one of the two members on the Action Team of C4 Atlanta, is teaching the Website Bootcamp course I'm enrolled in. He's totally knowledgeable, helpful, and very patient. (photo by Ruth Schowalter)|
|IGNITE. On the second day of the Ignite program, Deborah Sosower, a print maker, took us into a discussion about "money" and "art" before we delved into learning about "negotiations"! (photo by Ruth Schowalter)|
|MY MISSION IS...?|
As I begin to shape and revise my current mission statement from this blog for my new and upcoming website, I will be sharing it with you.
Here is my current mission statement:
It is my mission on this blog to connect and share my ART and reflections with like-minded SOULS across generations. I believe that ART heals, instructs, inspires, and adds meaning to our lives. Therefore, I blog to CELEBRATE all of life's CREATIVE force!
And this is another part of my mission that grew and developed as I blogged ongoingly in the last four years:
Another part of my blogging mission is to explore SCIENCE through the imaginative lens of an ARTIST. As a wife of a scientist, I have many incredible opportunities to travel, learn about different environments, and meet other scientists. As a result I have broadened my PILGRIM'S JOURNEY, to investigating and writing about scientific topics. From these endeavors emerged the collaborative interviews that my husband and I have done with Paleontologist Barbie!
Now, I know (thanks to C4 Atlanta) that my mission statement must be concisely stated in two sentences! Revise! Consolidate! Clarify! I will do it but not tonight! Does my mantra apply here?:
NOT GOOD. NOT BAD. JUST IS.
That's Coffee with Hallelujah. SOUL BLOG with me! If you are inclined, give me shout outs of encouragement. And I would really really love to hear your MISSION as an artist, or in the greater realm of existence--what is your LIFE's MISSION?
|THE CAPITOL BUILDING! Not too far from C4 Atlanta.(photo by Ruth Schowalter)|
|ALSO NOT FAR FROM C4 ATLANTA. (photo by Ruth Schowalter)|