Now is the Best Time to Build our Creative Communities
By Stephanie Moore, Biltmore Lake Resident and Executive Director of the Center for Craft
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the meaning of Community in this age of Coronavirus. I spend fifty hours plus a week leading the Center for Craft, a national arts nonprofit centered here in Asheville. And, in over ten years as a resident, I have wanted to be more involved in the flourishing activities of Biltmore Lake. Still, limited by work and family commitments, and now isolating at home, I crave greater interaction and less Zoom meetings, more than ever before.
I see Sand Hill Artists Collective (SHAC) as a way to meet and learn what others interested in art are working on and thinking about. SHAC is a budding community founded on the need for the mutual encouragement of creatives and I am particularly inspired by all the featured artists and virtual news in the monthly SHAC blog.
I am passionate about art as it embodies so many characteristics that I admire – the drive to create, to interpret the world, to challenge perspectives, and to find beauty in the everyday. I am encouraged that the residents of close knit and nearby neighborhoods are coming together virtually through art. For now, I am glad to know that I have SHAC as a creative source of support.
I look forward to hearing how you are faring creatively in isolation. Please respond to this post so we may get to “know” each other.