I pledge to make room for art in my life.
I will create art with words.
I will make art with my camera.
I will make art with clay and paper and ink and paint and fiber and pencil–even if I only have fifteen minutes!
I will explore new modes of art, and I will relish the experience.
I will make art with my cello and with my voice, even if it’s out of tune.
Even though it is hard and makes me shy and embarrassed, I promise to make art through movement. I will dance with my children. I will dance with my husband. I will dance alone. I will stretch my comfort zone and my muscles. I will feel wind in my hair as I turn, and I will imagine a time when I could do that without worrying what others thought. (Was there ever a time?)
I vow to make art for its own sake.
I will be a “process over product” maker, and I will ignore those internal voices that say my work isn’t good. I will hear the “why bother,” and I will remember that the value of *my* art is in the making, not in anyone’s assessment of the results.
I will claim creativity as a core value in my life, and as such, creating will sometimes come first on my to-do list with no guilt attached.
I will celebrate art in my community and honor the people around me who create in many forms. I will seek opportunities to see others’ making or displaying art, and I will cherish those experiences with my family.
I will say yes when my kids want to paint, sculpt, or draw. I will join them.
I will bring art into my home, but more importantly, I will treat the art that is made in my home with the respect it deserves.
Picasso said, “Every child is an artist,” and I am a child at heart.
(Photo from World Ballet Day 2017)