Oh, man. Sometimes you just need to do something to remind yourself how much you love it. Arts Alive reminded me of that truth today.
My kind, wonderful, incredibly talented friend Emma Connolly invited me to participate in Bay St. Louis’s Arts Alive as an artist in its MakerSpace. In the morning, the schedule had me talking about my book We R Righting Group. The afternoon would be a session of making crosses from broken and found objects ala Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God.
The Arts in We R Righting Group
I expected the writing bit to hit like a stone. After all, writing can be intimidating to folks. And the set up for the day was maker demonstrations. When you had the chance to make hand-puppets, who would want to stop at the table offering writing?
Lots of folks, it turns out.
Therapists and educators and librarians and creative writing teachers and just plain ol’ people. Everyone was engaged and attentive as I gave my spiel how Righting Group came to be. The eight years of facilitating a weekly writing group of men and women experiencing homelessness. How that taught me the power of using writing in small groups to create community. They nodded as I explained the little “how to” book I put together so any and all types of groups could use supportive writing.
I gave away so many of those little books today.
It’s my community service, proselytizing about writing and giving away the book. Folks were keen to take them. I was thrilled.
Arts Alive in Making Crosses
Then we did making crosses and, as usual, our best cross-makers were kids. Kids are open and eager to create, and they LOVE what they make. It’s an unadulterated experience of the creative Spirit God puts in all of us. I loved to see them walking away clutching their crosses made from fabric, twine, candy foil, and joy.
Plus, I had the most fabulous crawfish roll from Lil Cajun Express Food Truck. All in all, a really nice Arts Alive day.