When I first knew I’d go to grad school, I wasn’t sure what for. I just knew that my brand new BA in Art History from a state school that most people outside the state have never heard of wasn’t going to get me far.
A few years after finishing undergrad working at a doctor’s office, I was feeling a little antsy and got an idea. I wanted to start a community arts center. To me museums were (and are) like church. Spiritual, contemplative places that are technically open to everyone but lots of people who may appreciate art do not feel at home there. I wanted to bridge the gap between the Art Institution and the person who could benefit from making or being around art (ahem, everyone). I started to explore graduate programs. To get into communities, to connect with people, you go through the kids. My plan was to have after school art classes, maybe in a building where there are studios behind and common areas in front. Give artists discounts or free rent for teaching art classes to the kids.
So I looked at art education programs – I would learn all about arts education, while also looking into nonprofit management on my own. Then, to my surprise & joy, The Ohio State University’s huge, excellent Art Education Department contained a program called “Arts Administration.” This is a thing! I found others and applied to 4 Art Administration programs (NYU, Ohio State, Indiana, and Oregon) and University of Texas’s Art Ed program.
I talked to friends and family about the idea, they all had input about what sorts of arts would need to be in a proper community arts center. ALL of them! Continue reading
Old Waco architecture on Elm Ave, the historic main street of the local African American community during times of segregation, subsequently neglected. This building can’t be used for Art on Elm, a pop up art festival & exhibition April 9 – because it is tagged by the city as unsafe. We will however be using other buildings nearby for exhibitions, and closing down the street for the bands and vendors and art activities at the 1-day, all-day (10 am-5 pm) festival.
I had a great week aside from an icky cough: Husband’s birthday and a fine dinner with local family, a movie date to see Spectre, the last week of my first semester teaching after school art classes, selling artworks during a wee parade in downtown Waco, Dad’s birthday dinner then an evening with a whole lotta cousins ages 2-9.
Here’s some stuff I’ve been reading and working on:
Black Artists and the March into the Museum from NY Times.
Another side of the same coin, internet art star Kim Drew getting more & more recognition.
A fantastic resource, W.A.G.E. is a great group doing important work.
I’ve followed this blog for a while, excited that her book is out now. #momstuff #parenting.
I loved The Wiz Live, and I was not the only one.
Looking forward to starting a campaign with the online fundraising platform MatchMe for Cultural Arts Waco. More to come!
I made sure to go to the Barnes Foundation before their move to Philly proper, I look forward to seeing their new space and the new work they do.
On the light side – animal fun.
I feel strongly about gun control and will be following these steps, I hope you will too.
Photo of donated paintings for sale on Austin Ave during Saturday’s parade.