A Little ArtPower! Letter

thewhitememory:

I wanted to share with you a letter I wrote to the students I worked with at ArtPower!, a non-profit performing arts organization in San Diego, right before I graduated.

Dear lovely new interns + remaining kiddos,

I’m so proud of all of you guys, and so happy that you decided to join the ArtPower! family. Before I leave, I really just wanted to part with you some wisdom that I have gained through my 4 years in college. Sorry if there is a lot of typos or profanity in here. I tend to do that to stress things. 

1. Live your life by how many nights you stay awake. Sleeping is for losers. Yes, it is Jake. When I look back on my four years, all the exciting things, all the good memories, all the spontaneous trips have happened because I sacrificed a lot of sleep to do random shit with my friends. Nothing can substitute experience. Go explore, travel, do things that don’t fit into your schedule, be spontaneous, try everything as long as it doesn’t kill you because no one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep. 

2. Be proactive and meet people. If you want to be amazing at what you do, you’re going to have to work super hard for it. Meet as many people as you can because you have no idea the kind of wonders that can happen when they walk into your network. I swear I met more people my last quarter than I have met in a really long time. Yes, it’s hard to get yourself up to meet random people but once you do it enough, it becomes really fun. Think of it like, everyone is a storybook, and you want to read it. People in life aren’t going to hand you things on a silver platter, you actually have to go out there, get your hands dirty, and work for it. If you want something, ask. Don’t just sit around waiting for assignments to be given to you. Create your own, make use of your time, and don’t forget to have fun. 

3. Be nice to everyone. You never know what the other person is going through, so keep an open mind with everyone you talk to. Give second chances. Never judge based on the first impression, and remember that your character is based a lot upon how you treat others that have less. I must say that you guys are one of the most surprising groups I have ever come across, and if we took everyone based on first impressions, I would say a lot of you guys wouldn’t be reading this letter right now. And I mean it when I say, being nice and smiling go a LONG WAY. I swear to God, all I did was smile during my interviews and stay calm, and seriously, they will fucken love you. 

4. You aren’t as breakable as you think. Dream big. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. You can handle a lot more than you think you can. The people that don’t take on extra responsibilities to be active, are the ones that don’t think they can because they are lame and have no confidence in themselves. Life isn’t a fucken walk in the park. Trust me when I say, I know things can get difficult, and there are going to be times when you feel like just giving up on everything, but here’s the thing, YOU JUST CAN’T. You need to believe in yourself so that others will believe in you. It takes a lot of effort to be on top, but as long as you give everything 210%, you’ll find your way up there. 

5. ArtPower! was the best thing I have ever done in college. It wasn’t because of the work I was doing. It was because of the freaken amazing people on the team. They have been my stronghold when things get frustrating or stressful in life. They are the people I want to break good news to first because I knew they would be the happiest. They are the people I want to sit in the office with for hours after our work hours just to talk about the deepest (or most mundane) things.  They will sacrifice A LOT of time to get work done, and they ALWAYS have your back. They are the ones who will make one of the rainiest days in the winter turn out to be one of the most memorable moments I’ve ever had these past four years. They are the most fun (and probably the weirdest) people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting in college, and they are the people I’m never going to forget and never want to say goodbye to. I love them like crazy, and if there is anything, anything at all, you can learn from being around them, it’s what your passions are and how follow your dreams. I meet so many people that care so much about how much money they make and how successful they are compared to their friends. They care so much less about what they like to do and are willing to sacrifice a lot for things that matter least. There are people who go through their whole life not knowing how to love what they do, and because of everyone at ArtPower!, I was lucky enough not to go down that route. I know some of you guys are young, but in college, there were very few groups I associate myself with and I can’t even begin to tell you how much this organization has meant to me.

Sorry kiddies that I only printed out one version of this letter. If you want it, I guess you can take a picture of it or something. It has always been my wish in college to make a positive difference on people’s lives. Thank you guys for giving me that opportunity and giving me meaning for the past four years. If you ever need ANYTHING, please don’t ever hesitate to contact me, and please keep me updated with everything you guys are doing. I expect to hear from all of you. I hope you guys can build this photo album (maybe get a bigger one) because we have a lot of pictures that we can leave behind for future legacies to come. I love you guys so much and thanks for being an invaluable part of my college experience!

xoxo

As we begin our 2014-15 season, we’re taking the time to reflect on the words of our past Senior Marketing Assistant, Melody. Thanks Mel for your timeless inspiration and wisdom!

Had a blast at the Student Services Fair; we’ll see you again tonight for the Marshall College Pop Up Cinema! 7-8:30PM by the Communication building.  (at Library Walk) High-res

Had a blast at the Student Services Fair; we’ll see you again tonight for the Marshall College Pop Up Cinema! 7-8:30PM by the Communication building. (at Library Walk)

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.

Read this next: To be more creative, question what you know you know

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)