Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Day 20 - the changing face of art groups

Firstly, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, I really appreciate it.
Last weekend my art society had their AGM and, as we have done over the past couple of years, we discussed how to entice people to join and stay members, as well as where the past members have gone. It was pretty clear that the face of art groups and how they come together and interact and ultimately stay together, has changed. It hasn't happened overnight, it is part of the whole changing face of social interaction in society as a whole.
As we sat there all warm inside but listening to and watching the cold, wet, blustery, unpleasant day outside, we all agreed that to survive we have to really look outside our normal box of what to offer our members and then keep them.
Remember when we all would go to our weekly class and get together for whatever craft you do? It was really a social as well as hands on experience, forming new friendships, sharing a cuppa, sharing ideas and techniques, learning new skills - having face to face time. 
For whatever reason, and there are plenty of them, times change, peoples' wants change, and either we don't have the ability to make these classes, meetings, workshops because of the our financial situations, or because a lot more mums work now, or we have found a different way to satisfy our creative passion like online classes and you tube videos, which are convenient and cost effective. It is a real struggle nowadays to get volunteers for the committee, a struggle to get bums on seats at workshops and conventions.
I am the first to put up my hand as a student of online classes, and I love them. I've learned so many things that I would not have had the opportunity to learn purely because of these online classes, but I think you also need to factor in creative time, face to face interaction and connection into your schedule as well. In the end I think there is room for it all.
I'd be interested to know how many people now only do online classes, face to face classes or a mix of both.
I have met some wonderful people online, a lot that I will never have the opportunity to meet in person, but their words of wisdom, compassion, and friendship have a special place in my heart. We still have to have that personal contact though, it feeds our soul on a different level, and I'm all for feeding my soul what my soul needs, desires and wishes for.

In other words I want both. Is that greedy?
I call it being well rounded :)



1 comment:

Effy said...

I really enjoy doing on line classes, but tend only to go to one or two a year since they are generally very expensive (a hundred plus bucks!) and nothing ever happens here in Kitchener. I have to travel to get to wherever the classes are hosted. I'm lucky that Donna Downey and Joanne Sharpe have come to my area, but I wouldn't travel for someone I'd never heard of...

So, mostly, I do on line classes and I love them, but my face-to-face tribe is not art related at all. They're all hippy dippy bohemian pagans, and to be honest, I need that break from the art community. xo

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