Our Executive Director stopped by for a visit yesterday and came with treats! These shortbread cookies accompanied him from Scotland back to Southern California.
Jordan Peimer’s stacked with international arts experience, creative ideas, unfiltered jokes, and supplies to replenish our snacks stash… he’s truly a director after our own hearts. High-res

Our Executive Director stopped by for a visit yesterday and came with treats! These shortbread cookies accompanied him from Scotland back to Southern California.

Jordan Peimer’s stacked with international arts experience, creative ideas, unfiltered jokes, and supplies to replenish our snacks stash… he’s truly a director after our own hearts.

Skirball VP named new director of ArtPower!

Have you heard? There’s a new boss in town. Starting October 6, Jordan Peimer will be our new Executive Director! Jordan comes to us after serving as the Vice President of the Skirball Cultural Center in LA, the Executive Producer for Friday Nights at the Getty, the Administrative Director for the National Fund for Lesbian & Gay Art, and so much more. We’re counting down the days until he’s officially sitting in his new San Diego office!

The humble creative

creativesomething:

You’re stuck, but you’re a professional so this is a peculiar situation, isn’t it?

You know how to write the words, or move the brush, or play the tune. You’ve done it at least one hundred times in the past. So why are you stuck?

One reason, the most common reason, is because you’re afraid. Afraid of what comes next. Afraid of failing. Afraid to set out on your own path and explore new possibilities.

Another reason, the less common but slightly more dangerous one, is that you’ve escaped humility. As a result, you’ve lost touch with what it means to be creative.

Creativity is about not knowing. It’s about embracing the fact that you know less than you think you do. It’s about finding new answers, even when you’re convinced you know them all.

When we’re humble, creativity is easy: it’s asking questions and pursuing the answers.

On the other hand: when we are convinced that we already know the answers, that our work is as good as it gets, that we’re the expert and we’re the ones who do it right, we miss an opportunity to do our best work.

We get stuck as a result.

We’ve convinced ourselves that we should know the answer to any question, the solution to any problem. So when we encounter an even slightly unfamiliar situation (where we can improvise and pursue creative answers) we stutter, we flop about, and we do fail.

If you want to be the best creative you can be, stay humble.

Sparked by a recent reminder in my own life to be humble with my work.

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Some thoughts on creativity for your Thursday afternoon.

Over the past six years, since the dawn of the Great Recession, we have seen the quality and quantity of music programs plummet. School districts in Florida, Kansas and Arizona have scaled their programs back to the extreme. In 2009, California diverted $109 million from music programs, resulting in closed music departments across half of California’s 10,000-plus public schools. Educators in New York City estimate that up to 85% of public school students have not received adequate musical instruction by the time they reach high school.

The crisis in music education is real. And there’s scientific evidence that we’re depriving our kids of tremendous cognitive benefits as a result.

Show this science to anyone who thinks we don’t need to teach our kids music (via micdotcom)

Let’s be real here: we’re sitting in our office here, gearin’ up for one of the biggest acts to date: Grammy winners Kronos Quartet, and we’re really looking for promotions that are out of this world. 

We’re stumped.

Until, that is, we turn to Jake, our all-star intern with an all-star talent for music (flute beatboxing, to be exact), and we think: hey, why not? Let’s have some fun with this. Let’s talk about our own love of music as we await Kronos’s performance.

So here’s what Jake had to say of music:

I love music. For me, there’s no complicated reason: I just enjoy it. It’s so pure and simple. Something all people can enjoy. I’m bad with words, but it’s just that simple, you know? Music is what makes me feel most alive.

And here’s Jon, senior marketing assistant and avid guitar player:

Music is everything to me. During breaks in between aquarters at UCSD, it’s a tradition for my younger brother and some close friends to get together and jam. A percussionist by trade, I started drumming at the age of 10. Drumming made sense as a first instrument simply because I was that baby drummer you always hear about. The one who would grab his mom’s kitchen pots, a few spoons, and make noise for hours. I picked up guitar when I was 15 and enjoy indie pop-esque chords. It’s a great outlet to destress and unwind! 

Your turn: what does music do for you?