Many artists around the country have had the distinct opportunity to participate in a Creative Capital Professional Development Weekend. And this last weekend was my chance. (big shout-out to Beet Street for bringing in a second annual one)
The presenters, Maureen Huskey, Colleen Keegan, Aaron Landsman, Jackie Battenfield, and Byron Au Yong, were all incredibly generous and helpful- I think everyone felt like they took away quite a bit that was not only useful, but truly personal and meaningful to each participant.
At the wrap-up, Colleen used the expression the “end of the beginning” to refer to our impending activities- filtering all this good stuff, starting to address issues unique to our own practice and moving forward, armed with clearer intentions (can you say “strategic planning?”) and optimism.
As it happens, I have been following “Communicatrix”, Colleen Wainright’s blog for a while (although it is much more than that) and today, something arrived in my mailbox with her last in a series of “embracing the tiny” observations. Coincidence? I think not.
For my part, I left the two days, filled with new energy to lead myself back to work that was more personal and meaningful to me- something that made me excited to keep moving forward, not something that I assumed would be embraced by a too-specific audience.
I (re) learned that I need to make the work that matters, and then move it out into the world, so the right audience can find it. I will feel blessed, and I think those finding it will feel fortunate when they do.