One of the best things about being here is that the people who are in charge of us care about us. They didn't give us a big long list of expectations when we walked in the door. There of course were expectations that were presented, but we were invited to make everything we did our own. They wanted us to take ownership in every aspect of our job.
But just this last month things have gotten really interesting.
I feel like they've been listening to us. And watching us. And now they're finding ways to make our work even more meaningful.
They have Dustin designing flyers and logos. And as a graphic designer by trade, I would say he's pretty happy with that job. We're working together to create design-driven murals for a new building, and I've just been asked to create 40 original photo pieces for a building to be dedicated in June. I've even been given permission to look for an enlarger to create my own darkroom if it strikes my fancy. In two weeks I'm working with school children to help create two murals for their schools.
Guess what I did on Friday? I walked around with the director of the center and talked about art...the beautiful and not-so-beautiful art that fills the current spaces to be specific. I've been given full permission to arrange the art between three different buildings in a more cohesive and beautiful way. If you know me at all, you know that this is just about the most exciting job they could give me.
AND....that's not it. We have a small gallery space in one building that I am going to be in charge of creating a rotating exhibit in. This has already put me in contact with some amazing artists from this area, and continues to be a pleasantly beautiful challenge.
Have they read my mind?
It would seem so.
Do I think I'll really like doing what I'm doing?
Does this make me happy?