I’m back from the underground once again, enjoying getting back into the swing and enjoyment of the arts life now that it’s not filled with quite as much stress as it was a few weeks ago. Reading others’ writing for The Los Angeles Review, perusing and making notes on a friend’s novel manuscript, and hanging out with a musician friend and hearing about her work have been great reminders that the best work we do as artists is accomplished in community.
Being a citizen of the art world allows us to enjoy certain rights and privileges–we can establish a sense of identity, find community, and enjoy support when we need it. But that same citizenship has obligations as well. Writer and teacher Kobbie Alamo and I will be talking about Artistic Citizenship this Friday at the Biz Art conference in Edmunds, Washington. We hope you’ll join us for what should be a lively and useful discussion!