It was always the intention with the City As Muse painting to have a video present when the painting is exhibited in order to give the viewer a sense of the process. We think that telling the story of how a piece of art came to be may make for a more meaningful experience with the art work. When you share your process you give the viewer permission to go make their own. Maybe it is like the magician showing you how the trick works, but at the risk of undoing some of the mystery, we hope to make what we do open to a wider audience. A portion of audience we are particularly interested in reaching is the business community.
City As Muse keeps looking for ways to build community where artist creatives and business leaders are naturally interwoven. So much of what it means to be an artist revolves around innovation and taking risks. From leaders like Seth Godin who coach the business community towards being more successful, those two qualities continually come up in their writing. It just seems to make sense that building bridges between artists and business leaders who are often on different sides of the room at the party makes a lot of good sense right now. Do you feel like me, that you are struggling to find your way in a world where so much of what we used to do just does't seem to work anymore?
When a business becomes open to change and accustomed to taking risks that business will naturally grow stronger. This benefits our community in many ways. Grand Rapids wants to be a place full of vitality where everyone can find a place where they can plug in and feel like their voice is heard. Grand Rapids can be a place where we share our trade secrets. With this sharing of information and experience comes a healthy cross pollination that brings about the innovative changes that will not only help us more fully engage in our present reality but get us ready for a future that is coming at us with lightening speed.