Creative Domino Effect- Individual Vs. Community
A few months back I had a conversation with a friend about the responsibility one has in his/her community. It got me thinking, does the average person really think that his/her daily actions not affect the next person? Then I started to think metaphorically about the Domino Effect; a chain reaction that can have a global effect. As an individual I am nowhere near perfect, in fact no one really is, however I do try my hardest to put my best foot forward when I am within the presence of another. I decided to go back and look at my mission as an artist; “To revitalize the influence that art has on an individual’s life as well as society as a whole, using the creative force as a mirror to reflect upon the joys and faults of the human condition.”
This is my creative domino effect. I truly believe that if one brings forth more creativity in their lives, the community in which they live in can become a better place. Let’s discuss this further, one of the best things art provides is an outlet. An outlet of expression that can translate how one is feeling, thinking, and/or portraying. As artists, our emotions are the core, the seed to where creation starts. Think of your favorite songwriter, and or song. Is it a sad one or an angry one? How do you feel after you heard it? For me when I am feeling really sad, music is the first medicine that I consume. I’ve always felt like it provides a medium that helps to express how I am truly feeling.
How you feel is also how you interact with the next person you come into contact with. Your energy, your attitude, your approach to life, does not only affect you but others as well. Here is my impromptu idea for the week: 1st Part- Think of the past three days, and of all the people you have interacted with. If you don’t remember them by name that is fine, give them a fictitious name. 2nd Part - create a chart that showcases your reaction to each of those people. 3rd Part- Mark each interaction by positive (Blue) or negative (grey), and lastly when you are done look at how many people you have interacted with by the two colors. If you want you could make another chart based only on people’s reactions to your creativity.
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...
Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
- Cesar Chavez