Thursday, September 25, 2014

Creatives of a Feather Flock Together

San Fransisco de Assisi Mission Church by George O'Keeffe
When we were visiting Taos, New Mexico last month, we delighted in the quantity, quality and diversity of art in the galleries and museums. From 1898 on, artists have been attracted to the Taos valley by the beautiful landscape and the intense desert light.

They were also attracted to Taos by each other. By 1915, six artists had formed the Taos Society of Artists and Mabel Dodge Luhan was soon attracting other writers and artists to her Taos salon meetings. Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings often featured scenes from the Taos area.

Thoughout history, creative people have gathered into communities to learn from each other and encourage each other.  Think of these examples:
  • Athens in the 5th century BC
  • Northern Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries
  • Vienna in the 18th century
  • Paris in the 19th century
  • Silicon Valley in the 20th and 21st centuries
These creative communities were based upon geography, but today we can easily share ideas worldwide using the Internet and social media.

How do you participate in your creative community?

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