Creativity & The Arts

Perhaps one of the greatest pitfalls in contemporary society is the absence of the arts and creative thinking in our psyche. To that end, Ken Robinson’s TedTalk really resonated with me, as did Austin Kleon’s presentation. I think the way the arts are presented to people is completely misconstrued. Math and the sciences are important, […]

Creating Connections

What is a “real” job? Why do people think that art can’t be considered as a real job? There is a lot of stigma in the arts that make people afraid to pursue their passion or joy for wanting to make a living off of their art and what they create. When I hear the […]

“She’s not sick, she’s a dancer.”

So, I am going to get anecdotal for a second because this quote has been kind of this guiding light since I heard it a few years ago. From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to dance. I knew from the moment I saw Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker that Ballet was the only […]

“This is a stickup! Give us all your inspiration!”

“Good artists copy; great artists steal,” goes the maxim of Pablo Picasso. Many would see an irony in these words, given the cubist master’s reputation for generating a wholly unique style. But Picasso might find more common ground with Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who argues (in “How to Steal Like an Artist (And […]

Your Box of Potential

If you asked me at 14 years old what I saw myself becoming in the future, I would have said something like a veterinarian or dentist. I had no idea what I wanted to be, but at the time, I felt like those occupations were the answers expected of me. At that age we don’t […]

You Are What You (Cr)eat(e)

I’m a firm believer that we are — as the title suggests — what we create. Creators put a little piece of themselves into each of their creations. These are their horcruxes, the little bits and pieces of themselves artists share for people all over the world to find. And in the process, the creations […]

Write What You Like: Passion Projects, Inspiration, and Connectivity

The words of Austin Kleon in his blog post “How to Steal like an Artist (and Nine Other Things Nobody Told Me)” are very inspiring, especially in regards to those interested in the creative industry. The advice ranges from how to get ideas and how to get inspiration for your creative endeavors. Kleon’s steps are […]