I’ve been thinking a lot (can be dangerous at times) about what inspires me in what I do, what other TAs (Teaching Artists) are inspired by, and our role in the here and now. Part of this stems from yesterday’s blog Altered States.
I look at what I do, how I’m labeled (another theme of mine it seems), and how it’s either embraced or dismissed. In a business world POV, I’m all over the map and unfocused. In an artistic sense, I have a wide array of tools that I can use to share with others. I’m an Educator that uses the arts (primarily Theatre Arts, but not exclusively, as I dabble in the other three art forms when educating). I’m a Drama Specialist that is an educator. I’m a performer for entertainment and one for Arts in Education. I’m a writer, singer with a shot voice, producer, poet, puppeteer, director, Arts Administrator, Curriculum Writer, PD Facilitator, Workshop Coach… and the list can go on. And I drive those business minded folks to drink, as they just think I think and act in a wrong way:
I’m right, you’re wrong. No, I’M right, YOU’RE wrong! Sigh. Let’s accept that I don’t fit in one person’s cookie cutter world. I’m good with it. Let it be (great album) and move on, shall we?
The above book (and link to said book) is for EVERYONE who is locked inside their own heads/way they think they have to live their lives AND for the artists/arts educators out there who feel they need or want further justification for what we do. I believe in learning by observations, exploration, interpretation, inquiry (ha..no fourth “tion” for you!), and then creation of ideas from your own imagination…and that there is no wrong idea! Might be “better” choices, but if you can work in a nonjudgmental atmosphere, and be nonjudgmental with yourself…well, who knows where you can go? The power of possibilities.
As an improv trained performer and director, I learned the first “rule” of improv: YES AND…. to build and grow. Most NOs stop you dead in your tracks, and keep you blindered through life. It leads to narrow POVs and other negative things. Who knows what amazing experience, or person, you could have encountered and made an impact on your life because along the way, you say NO.
Me..I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, and sometimes feel sorry for those who look at ME askance. That’s my judgment, and it’s not pretty. See how it feels?
Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.
Where does your imagination take you?
I challenge you to be dreamers; I challenge you to be doers and let us make … the world even better.