But what about the art center? Don't worry, i just spent the last few weeks running around like a crazy person making sure everything was in order before i left so i could continue my job via satellite location for 2 months. Yes- that is pretty amazing that i get to continue working (and get paid) while away in the frozen countryside making 450 pieces of pottery for the studio's fundraiser. Brings a little tear to the eye thinkin about how supportive my art center really is. <3 <3 <3
The working environment at the art center is one that i am proud to be part of. The art center has always been known as a place that cultivates artists and helps them advance in their artistic careers. Given it's homelike nature, it's only natural for it to function on a personal level. Though this may cause obvious issues (such as disorganized or emotional messes), i don't think i ever want to be part of a place that's run differently. I feel like corporations try to fake their way into feeling like a family by using the word "camaraderie" too much and having company retreats.
Being at this studio in upstate NY has been fantastic, and i already feel at home and genuinely cared for/about. Granted, this place functions primarily as an artist residency program (then secondly as a community arts center) so things are bound to feel "homey" due to the nature of it's purpose. There are many similarities between this place and my art center, and i could not be more grateful for the learning experiences i have had and will have with these 2 institutions. Oh yeah- and the whole getting paid for making art AND my job back home is pretty sweet too. Even with the poop.
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