This photo was taken two years ago, of the team that came together around our ArtPrize project for that year. Each of the people in this photo had good things to contribute to our project - which ended up winning one of the jury awards offered that year. More important than the award were the good friendships we developed that Summer and Fall - continuing to evolve today.
Neither Brenda or I had much use for team sports in our school days. We were both artist loner types, content to be left alone making things, reading books or watching TV. As we have gotten older, we have noticed the tendency to be self isolating is a common characteristic among creative types. To a certain point being alone is necessary to get things done - as well as to develop a unique point of view. At another point it becomes not only plain lonely - but self limiting and frustrating.
In our adult years we have been slowly learning the art of working together as a team. It is a beautiful thing to bring a group of people together around a shared vision - and to allow time for each person to find their place, to not only fit in, but to bloom into their fuller potential. Everyone has a basic need to feel needed - and we need a context of other like-minded people where this can finally take root.
I would be interested to hear from you - any lessons or insights you have gained that have helped you be a team builder and team player.