Last Saturday I went to Art Camp. The third annual art camp, hosted by Nossi Art School in Nashville, TN. (artcampnashville.com) I didn't know about it the first year, so I've been twice. Every city, town, or village needs Art Camp for its creatives. I don't know who originally thought of it, but I owe he/she/them a debt of gratitude.
It's a very straightforward platform:
So what's the big deal?
There is some kind of magic that happens when 150 or so creative, artistic, entrepreneurial personalities all get dropped in the same space for several hours. My happy place is not being in a crowd of strangers. And yet, this immediately feels different to me. These are people making art. I want to share their space.
There's a buzz...a happiness...a vulnerable and trusting exposure of self that feels safe in this space. There are stories of belonging, perseverance, success, and fear of failure, shared with people you've never met but feel artistic kinship. I got to hear these stories and I got to tell a little of mine. The best thing about the stories is that we accept each other as artists, each on our own journey.
There is a sharing of knowledge and skills and resources. Sharpening your artisitic vision, what resources does our city have to offer, how to tell your story and how to have a multifaceted social media presence were among the offerings. These sessions are a big deal to me because I can make myself crazy trying to figure out everything I want to know using Google or YouTube!
My most significant "takeaway" was about creative community. I need it. Even though investing in creative community will mean taking the time and being socially vulnerable, I'm pretty sure that magic will be present.
Thank you Art Camp.
Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
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