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I’m sitting in the Portland Airport, waiting for my flight back to New Mexico after a whirlwind trip.  Yesterday, I had the privelege to address more than sixty artists, art appreciators and aspiring creatives at the Eugene Store Front Arts Project.

It was a humbling event, and I walked away feeling both grateful for the opportunity and sad for the state of the arts.  We all talk about the tradgedy of losing arts funding in most public schools, the frustrations we have trying to make a living as creatives, and the general disconnect between the arts community and the rest of our society, but we seldom talk about why this is true.

I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to this conundrum and have some ideas about why this might be so.  Over the next several months, I’ll be doing research and working on a follow up to Shaping Destiny that addresses this issue.

In the meantime, I welcome your thoughts as I share mine on the blog.  I hope  you’ll engage in a discussion that is vital for the health not only of the arts, but for our communities as a whole.  Below you’ll find some talking points.  Please share your ideas.  Thanks.

1.  Our lives are our greatest works of art.  How does art impact our ability to create the lives we want to live?

2.  What role do art institutions (museums, galleries, etc.) play in helping or hindering local arts endeavors and increasing public participation in the arts?

3.  How are artists responsible for their own success/failure?  What are some things they can do to help themselves?

4.  Is there a difference between “creativity” and art?  If so, what differences exist?

I’ll be sharing my thoughts on these questions in upcoming posts.  Remember to follow the blog to see how this dialog unfolds.