Photos and Video from the Last Grad School Residential Conference

I am very late in posting these but it’s been a hectic and eventful year.  The photos are from the trip down, along the beautiful Highway 1 in Monterey, California.  More than a few decades ago, I took two other trips down Highway 1 from Monterey to San Diego, a much longer trip that lasted almost a whole day.  I never photographed that trip but I remember everything distinctly. The caricatures and other photos are from my introduction of podcasting to that same group as well as my short presentation to the student council.

The video is an excerpt.  I have a new DSLR camera that takes photos and shoots video.  However, I foolishly assumed that in 2017, onboard microphones would have improved a whole lot...

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The Columbus, GA Community Arts and Music Collective: Preparations for the Long Haul

Introduction

In previous papers, the creation and planning of the Columbus, GA Arts and Music community initiative has been explored in depth.  In this paper, the long-term existence of this project will be explored through the following areas:  sustainability, maintaining gains achieved, approaches to support well-being, and acknowledging and celebrating gains and victories.  While this initiative is still a hopeful dream in the vivid writings of the author, the dreams are practical and sustainable as the direction of former papers has indicated.  This paper will be no different.  To succeed at such an initiative as this will require more than the work of one or two individuals. And while someone may be necessarily needed to direct its successful formation, this may not necessarily be the case in light of the desire for a communitarian collective that takes in the contributions of a community and utilizes the skills and enthusiasms of each contributor.  Ideally, this will be an initiative directed with hopeful and creative collective views in mind and action.

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Planning a Community Arts and Music Collective in Columbus, GA

Introduction

Members of the Columbus, GA community continue to inform me that an arts and music collective is vitally needed. Yet, some of them continue to cite examples of independent music and arts businesses (independent from the mainstream cultural institutions in Columbus and the surrounding community) that have failed in the recent and distant past.  However, all of these previous ventures were individual for-profit projects, rather than collective community ventures that involved a significant portion and cross section of the city’s population.  Additionally, there are arts that are not even included in the mainstream cultural institutions that should be considered, including film and pottery crafts as well as homesteading.  While I have explored the practical possibilities of creating this and understand what appears to be general resistance and only understand it as someone who recently moved to and away from the city, I also understand the hope that many have that this will change.  I look to the recent private venture, the Estate, a live music venue featuring many local and traveling artists and bands.  What makes this private venture different from previously failed ones is the venue leadership’s active requests for participation, solicited from the local live music attending community and local arts and music creators.  I believe that the establishment of this venue has created a favorable atmosphere that is ripe for the introduction of this project, an arts and music collective that can succeed, that periodically works in collaboration with the Estate and, perhaps, utilizes the same space part time until the collective can become established. 

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An Undeveloped Opportunity: Initiating a Community Arts and Music Collective in Columbus, GA

Introduction

Columbus, Georgia is a city of abundant opportunities for the future and a city with a profusion of missed opportunities in the past.  While this is obviously the case with economic and career options, exploring the city also reveals few opportunities for artistic self-expression for anyone.  There are occasions to view traveling artistic culture in the form of regional and national musical acts and some live theatre.  There are even a handful of galleries displaying safe flower and landscape portraits. But there are no artistic outlets to encourage more alternative and radical self- expression that doesn’t fit into the mainstream, whether fine arts, crafts, or even alternative music outside of the classical musical center at the local public schools and university or the for-profit chain music stores and schools.  There are also no community organizations focusing on alternative arts and music.  Such an initiative should focus on the community that is not served by that mainstream.  It would serve political minorities and youth interested in artistic and musical self-expression that no outlet other than the above, offers.  That isn’t enough. 

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