I am so excited about the creators’ workshop series we are planning to host this fall. If you are someone who makes something with anything, whether it’s performing or fine arts, visual or written, sung or played, then you are a creator. And you should always be creating.
My personal philosophy is that we must start living in the world we want to live in – the way we want to live – right now. I want to live in a world where creators are supported, encouraged and challenged to grow and to always be creating. As brown people, we have so many stories we have to get out, so many platforms and 21st century institutions to build so our children and their children (and their children!) can live better lives.
Creating when our culture champions the consumer is a simple act of resistance and once those simple acts start to build up, we’ll look around one day and realize we really, truly, were the change we wanted to see.
So this week, be deliberate about creating something, or finishing up that something you started creating a while ago. And if you feel so inclined, let me know about it in the comments!
My mother once told me that JOY stood for “Jesus first, other’s next, yourself last.”
Peace to my mother, but she was wrong. Having lived my life trying to fulfill that acronym, I’ve run myself to the ground many times when deferring to other’s wishes. I’m still finding it difficult to say “No” to things that shouldn’t be on my plate. God help us.
My father defined joy as the ability to be at peace no matter the circumstance. But even his definition falls a bit short. Just because you’re at peace, doesn’t mean you feel joy.
What, then, is joy? And where can I get it? In my research I found that there’s no other faith that talks about joy aside from the Christian one. And even the word ‘joy’ didn’t come into use until the 13th century.
There’s so much more to joy than just feeling at peace, or feeling happy even when things are sucky. Joy is state of celebration, a celebration of what God has done.
So when I say, “Choose joy”, that literally means “choose to celebrate what God has done” instead of being sucked under by circumstances. And what has God done? Well, God has given us a gift of salvation through Jesus. God has given us a promise of an abundant life here on earth and an eternal life to come. God has given us the ultimate expression of love by leaving his son, Jesus, to be tortured and killed just so we can have the right to fellowship with him again.
That’s what God has done. That’s what I’m celebrating today. My car’s impounded. My cash flow is stagnate. I’m thousands of dollars in debt and my eye sight is crappy.
We build our perceptions of the world through our experiences. We live and navigate life with our truths, realities, opinions and fears. But what happens when we are able to build new spaces and new worlds, spaces and worlds where we can create new realities and share new experiences, creating another place to exist: a Thirdspace?
Thirdspace is an intimate conversation with artists set in the living room of the G.R.E.E.D.Y. City house, an old Victorian “live/work space” in South Los Angeles. This month, Thirdspace is honored to feature two amazing artists: Yazmin Monét Watkins and Johanna Chase.
Yazmin Monét Watkins is a phenomenal poet who recently released her book “Love Without Limits: The Bi Laws of Love”.
Johanna Chase is a progressive Urban Folk artist in the process of finishing up her latest full length LP.
Thirdspace is a chance to get up close and personal with these artists and is start honest dialog. Feel free to bring some spirits or appetizers to share and invite a friend to experience Thirdspace with you!
Event details are on the flyer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.