Creative Communities

21 Feb

In Dallas I was part of a group that considered and called itself a “Creative Community”. It was a low-key collection of writers, poets, visual artists, actors and musicians.  Most had careers in the 9 to 5 work world, some were retired and a few were constantly looking for work.  But all were interested in the pursuit of self-expression.

What made the group work was simply a supportive audience.  We could talk about our ideas, share our work, and basically get validation or constructive comments without a sense of competition.  Creativity tends to be a personal process that has the desired goal of connecting us to one another.  You know when that connection works because your body feels the music and you have this visceral reaction or the book you are reading you can’t put down.

As a visual artist I shared my mobiles, jewelry and wood sculptures.  The fun was to see the reaction and get a sense of what worked.  But I also learned quickly the real joy within the group was gaining insight into how others process their creativity.  

Being skilled at working with my hands I have a sense of how things are made.  I spent much of my time talking about the construction processes involved with my work which made me realize how disconnected we are with how things are made.  Creativity starts with an idea or  problem to solve and those involved find their fulfillment in the journey.  In the end what my creative friends wanted to know most often was how things were made.

Your challenge is to find your creative muse and share what you are doing with a supportive group and this is what helps creative people find personal fulfillment.  Most of us have great creative ideas but what holds us back tends to be the skills side of the process.  Based on my creative community experience, encouragement is vital to navigating the waters of learning something new.  We learn more by sharing than working alone.

Talk to you soon,

Keith

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