The High Wire Alliance is an intelligent incubator for creative collaborators.
You know that connection and engagement are vital, although the amount you need is personal. You share the anarchic commitment to Serious Play, the soul of creativity across all fields and disciplines.
You can allow your curiosity and delight to lead you because powerful answers are the result of powerful questions, and the starting place is with the questions.
You know how hard it can be to inhabit the place of risk and vulnerability where new work is shaped, and how easily ruthless competition can stifle it. You understand it takes dedication, and sometimes an ungodly amount of mental time and space.
You also share the breathless experience of new work crackling into life, and the gorgeous vista of a compelling way forward.
This is where you can thrive.
This is a place to share ideas and see what happens when your work bumps up against that of others. It’s a place to offer and receive thoughtful critique and collaboration. An opportunity to enrich your life and possibly your career by acknowledging and celebrating all that most deeply serves your creative work. Because only when you serve yourself at this level can you serve anyone or anything else.
This is where you remember it’s much more fun to play when we play together.
This is your protection from burn-out.
So what are the questions you’re living with right now?
And how might their answers be different if you shared them?
Who am I, you wonder?
Well. All children ask questions. Some of us never stop.
My parents, like most, got tired of the never-ending whys, and whats, and why nots, so I grew accustomed to trying to figure things out on my own.
Often it takes a long time.
Following the path of curiosity led me to clay, and then across the Atlantic to work with Paul Soldner in Claremont, CA. From California it led me to New Orleans, where I’ve been a member of the Visual Arts faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, (www.nocca.com), since 1998.
I didn’t set out to be a teacher, yet I have taught across two countries in settings as diverse as a Somerset field, struggling inner-city public schools, thriving arts centers, and the sparkling new, state-of-the-art facility I also designed. My art work has been exhibited and collected in three continents, and I’ve won grants and awards from national foundations.
I have no formal training in pedagogy. Teaching has been a natural outgrowth of learning, and my insatiable curiosity. My students have ranged from preschoolers to nonagenarians. Many are now very successful fellow artists and explorers. NOCCA is the starting point for a steady stream of highly innovative and creative alums. All are co-collaborators, and co-creators in my life of Serious Play.
When we play, we are engaged in the purest expression of our humanity, the truest expression of our individuality.” Stuart Brown, MD.
Inherent in all my work is a playful, open-ended approach to ideas. Here at NOCCA, we teach through inquiry and the thoughtful response that’s an integral part of the critique process. These form the foundation of our mentoring relationships and NOCCA’s ‘DNA’. We all walk our individual paths of curiosity and creation alongside peers who challenge and support us.
I know the power and vitality of a thriving community, and the hollow sterility of the Lone Hero archetype. Meaningful work is never produced by solitary genius working alone in a lab or a studio. It’s forged in a creative crucible where the collision of ideas and approaches spark startling connections and possibilities. A counterpoint to the intense exploration of individual work.
Every adult walking through NOCCA’s campus at some point says “I want to come here”. And I’ve fallen in love with a big, new question:
What might we create together that we can’t create alone?
So the High Wire Alliance was born. We’re waiting for YOU to join us.