“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare.
It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” --Seneca 5BC
I haven’t blogged for a while, I know. I’ve been knee-deep in the planning stages of opening an art school! CAVA (Cavender Academy of Visual Art) has been on the back-burner of my pea-brain for a while now, and it seems that it just might become a reality. The local newspaper had a write up about it in yesterday’s paper. So, the word is out! A meeting is planned. People are plugging in. Instructors are on board.
Here we go!
From past experience, I am expecting some flack about all of this. I am not quite sure why this always seems to be the case, but it is. I have actually had a couple of artists voice their disapproval of the idea already. Perhaps it annoys a few people that I get to do things that they wish they themselves were doing. (How dare I?) But the truth of the matter is –I only had the “vision”. I’m just a dreamer. Things like this just seem to happen in my life. I dream and it becomes reality. One dream after another. But it always, always, always involves group participation. I don’t have the kind of “stuff” it takes to pull things off on my own.
For the record: my motivation is not to promote my name. That was someone else’s idea. Besides, I have all ready made a name for myself on a local level (another one of those “it just happened” things). Local investors want to use my name and I can see the benefit of it. No, my motivation is to help my community keep the arts alive.
Where I live, there is a real need to keep the arts alive. The arts are always being threatened around here. There are several theories as to why that is. It’s really just a combination of things. But at the heart of this community is a tenacious core of individuals who are committed to keeping the heart of the arts beating. Could CAVA become the proverbial defibrillator that this art community needs? We shall see.
Here’s the thing---I have been blessed and I want to pass that blessing on to my community. I want our city to have a place where young people can find the help they need to launch an art career. I want a place where they can find guidance and inspiration on a regular basis. And I want a place where local art instructors feel appreciated and connected to something bigger than themselves. Like a family. That’s my dream. That’s my vision. I’ll keep you posted on how things develop.