We're talking about creative life-giving rhythms this month, and I can already hear the question a lot of you are asking. (I have supersonic hearing, by the way.)
What if I'm not an artist?
What if you're not? The only people who call me an artist are either my super gracious artist friends, or my friends who don't think they have an artsy bone anywhere in them. I call myself artsy, but more often, I call myself a creative. I believe this label may also apply to you, if you are ready to own it and use it for good.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines creative as:
having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas: using the ability to make or think of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created
I'm a part of a community called Plywood People, whose tagline is "we will be known by the problems we solve." This is a group made up of artists, entrepreneurs, activists and people, like myself, who work a normal 9-5 job but see a different and better future for our community and our world. I've learned so much about creativity from these people!
For your inspiration, here are a few examples from my city that show how your creative rhythms (through art, thought, or action) can impact change in your community and even further:
So Worth Loving, a lifestyle clothing brand, is spreading the message that "you are so worth loving" through tees, sunnies, backpacks and more. Their manifesto - No matter your past mistakes, relationship status or career choice, you are worthy of love. Love you. Love people.
The Giving Kitchen is a nonprofit that provides crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. The Giving Kitchen has a unique hybrid structure as a nonprofit with a for-profit subsidiary, Staplehouse, a casual fine-dining restaurant currently under construction in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. 100% of Staplehouse’s net profits will be channeled back to its nonprofit parent, as an ongoing stream of support.
Root City Market is a quarterly pop-up shop, featuring makers from the South. Jen Soong, curator of Root City and founder of SOMA Goods, says "Our mission is to connect makers with the community. Sitting at the intersection of culture and commerce, we’re looking to create a destination experience through arts, makers, music and interactive projects." Look for this community's new learning events throughout the city, called Root City Revelry.
How will your creative rhythms make a change for good?