Mission + Vision Statement
As I wrote that first post, I realized I wanted to share the vision statement from my proposal too.
So here it is (from my 2018 Adobe Creative Residency application):
I want to equip and enable children and adults to share stories. My mantra is, “My artwork is enough. My words are enough,” and I want them to learn that their words and artwork can tell a story worth reading and sharing. Madeleine L’Engle, quoting Jean Rhys in Walking on Water said:
Jean Rhys said to an interviewer in the Paris Review, 'Listen to me. All of writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. And there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don't matter. The lake matters. You must keep feeding the lake'.”
I want people to “feed the lake”. It’s my belief that everyone is created in the image of the Creator, and that everyone in some shape or form is creative. I also believe the bulk of our understanding comes not from fact, but from story. That is not to say the two are mutually exclusive, but narrative has greater power to communicate information than statistics alone. There’s a tendency to dismiss our creative nature if it doesn’t have the potential to be profitable or evolve into our profession. The truth is, everyone has an audience and, regardless of the size, they have an opportunity to impact and influence that audience for good. The Lightbringer series could reach the world, or it might only reach a few. Regardless, I have a responsibility to bring the tale to life, and contribute to “the lake”. That’s what I am hoping people will learn: to be storytellers in their community.