A Creative Conversation at The Broward Center For The Performing Arts was a very inspiring presentation by John Michael Schert, Executive Director of Trey McIntyer Project (TMP) who was instrumental in the formation and implementation of the nationally acclaimed contemporary dance troupe.
The discussion focused on how arts organizations can be relevant cultural assets in their communities. He explored how businesses and civic leaders can tap into creative talent in effective ways that help define a sense of place. He challenged the audience of artists and art organizations to increase their understanding of their worth as vital producers of new ideas and strategies that can propel industries, governments, and communities forward. Schert addresses creativity in bold, new ways looking at opportunities that are powerful, yet may be untapped, under-utilized, or under-monetized.
The Power to look beyond the obvious…
As artists we are programed to look beyond the obvious while creating our art work. In this particular case listening to Micheal Schert; His vision on the art world and the work that they do reminded me that we need to apply the creative thinking process to every aspect of our lives. If we practice this, not only will we be successful artists but community leaders and visionaries with a creative voice that can a make a difference.
Thank You to John Michael Schert for helping me to remember to see and think beyond the obvious, and for reminding me that artist do and can make a difference and that we need to be compensated for it. You and the TMP deserve a standing ovation!