Creating Compassionate Community through Art

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When I worked as a designer in the corporate world, I had lots of people around me. It was a built-in community, in existence whenever I walked through the doors of the building. During that time, I was also making art in my studios in the evenings and weekends. I was fulfilled in having community connection and self-expression.

As an artist who now works alone in her studios, I don’t have much interaction with people in my daily life. I’m comfortable that way, I’m creating. Whether it’s the art itself or the business model to support it, I’m bringing something new into the world. It’s always been my dream to live this life.

However . . .

A few years into working solely as an artist and building a business, I am realizing that  local community connection in my life is missing. I’ve done exhibitions and shows around the country and love meeting new people, talking about art and life. Individuals who love having art in their homes or wearing it as in the case of my jewelry. Businesses who have told me what a difference in atmosphere a painting or a sculpture has made on their walls, how exciting it is for them and their customers to have artists being present for special events. Each time, I go back home and work in my studios . . . and I miss those connections.

To transform that, I am developing a project that will bring visual artists together with their local business community. Where the artists and businesses partner with each other, working together to create compassionate connection with their friends, families, and customers.

There is a special energy that is created when art is present in people’s everyday lives. I’d like to see that energy flow through my community.

The FedEx Small Business Grant I’ve applied for will provide the financial support needed to get this project moving along efficiently and steadily. Your vote will help create compassionate connection . . . 6 Degrees of Separation will bring it to your community as well.

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