My 5-year old daughter took this semi-candid picture of me yesterday during our pajama day. I love seeing myself through her eyes, and through the eyes of her little sisters. I get the sense that I am my most authentic self—for better or worse—in my role as a parent. I’m working on demonstrating vulnerability as it relates to my creative practices this year. Not entirely certain what that means as of yet. But a fun little intro might be a good start and since I have never formerly introduced myself on Instagram before (because about half of you know me in real life—hello!), here I go...
I have used many words to describe myself as a creative, but since graduating college in 2007, I have struggled to use the word “artist.” When I blogged, I devoted an entire post to this very conundrum. It’s part because of my high respect for artists. It’s part because of the American societal drive to identify myself by how I earn a living. Some words I do not hesitate to use to describe me include: parent, mother, spouse, wife, sister, daughter, friend, arts administrator, higher education / student affairs professional, advocate, ally, pastor’s spouse, person of faith, creative, maker, craftivist, singer, actor, scanner, perpetual liberal arts student.
I earn a living as a proud arts administrator serving an art museum on the East End of Long Island, NY. My career path started during my undergraduate days as a vocal performance major / painting minor at a small liberal arts school in NY.
2020 will mark my 35th year of life, 13th year married, 11th year since earning my MS in arts admin, 9th year since earning my MA in public leadership, my 6th year as a parent, and my 3rd year since moving back to NY after living in the Philadelphia area for about 10 years. But life isn’t really about the milestones or the number of years here or there... it’s about people and leading with love. .
If you’ve followed me for a while or know me IRL, you know I’m passionate about the power of arts to save lives and change the world. It’s power to heal individuals and communities, through practice and witness. .
More to be shared at a later date, I’m sure. - 23 minutes ago