Office of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
So many people from my castle class have been posting on various social media with the general sentiment that they can’t believe it has been two years since “the best days/the peak/the best adventure of their life” and that “nothing will ever surmount that experience/semester/time” and their tone is always so somber and some of them even outright expressed that they are sad they will never do anything as great again, and that’s just not something I can get behind. The castle is a blast, don’t get me wrong. I just feel like there’s so much other adventure to be had afterwards. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t fathom spending so much time missing that place because there is so much else in the present and future to revel in; not only other adventures while traveling, but the adventures of a career and family and just being a real live adult and living the rest of our lives.
As a person of color, 90% of the time when I go to see theater in New York City, it is not for me. But guess what I do: as a person of theater — and the main aspect of theater is sitting in a room with people and having empathy for people who do not look or sound like me, who come from different backgrounds — I expand my horizons, which is the point of theater.
You don’t trick people into pretending like “oh, this is for you” when it’s not. You tell them to expand their horizons, and explain why this is important, why you need to, as an older, white person in a metropolitan area, see something that is not about you and actually identify with the universal themes. Because that’s what people of color have to do all the time, 24/7 when they look at tv, when they go to theater, when they go see a movie. Otherwise you would go crazy and just be pissed off and never seen anything if you’re a black person. You have to become a better listener and a better audience member."
I’m a broken record, but listen to this week’s Maxamoo. Worth it for this speech.(via fuckyeahgreatplays)
Sometimes I find stuff that makes me wish I could revise my thesis and resubmit it, because there’s so much more to say.
If you told me that 6 months ago I would have laughed.
Why am I doing this? Because as national and private funding for the arts and humanities are continuously cut, I think it is more important than ever for artists to support each other’s projects; I don’t think you should expect anyone to support you and your endeavors if you don’t offer them the same. There are so many amazing projects on Kickstarter that wouldn’t exist without a platform to crowd fund, and even then it can be very difficult to secure the funds needed to see a project through no matter how deserving the project is. I feel really inspired whenever I browse through the Discover tab and read about all the awesome projects people are dreaming up. 5 dollars isn’t a ton, but in my newly post-grad life I’ll make one less trip to Anna’s Taqueria each week and pledge that money to something I felt inspired by from Kickstarter instead.
I’ll also be documenting all of the projects here.
Project #1 Paddock School Theater Improvement
Why this project: because I think every student deserves access to the opportunity to make theater in a quality environment, and I hope someday we will live in a world where teachers don’t have to take to the internet to provide that for their students.
My big bro got an awesome new job, basically a huge cross departmental promotion, and I am super proud of him
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That’s how I feel today.