The Brooklyn Federal Credit Union on Myrtle Avenue
I was told I had one night to move out anything that I wanted to save. It was 8 PM on a Tuesday, and I was packing my car with the haste of someone evacuating for an apocalypse—a feeling not as hyperbolic as it now sounds. Though perhaps not the kilns and tumblers, the hammers, mallets, and torches being packed would certainly come in handy to survive and build anew.
Many people reacted with a confusing mixture of emotions to the closure of the behemoth, self-important, yet vital art studio that was 3rd Ward. I felt at times sharp loss, sharper anger, defeat, relief, as well as a rueful sense of foreknowledge, imagining myself as a Brooklyn-based Cassandra. As a lead instructor at 3rd Ward and one of the founders of the education program there, I was heartbroken. Yet, after a series a questionable choices about classes and policy had been made and a number of huge financial risks had been taken, I doubted whether a business could be run in such a fashion. Right then, a part of me decided there had to be a better way.
Though “inside” knowledge had forewarned the closure of 3rd Ward approximately one year before its doors shuttered, as an artist with a BFA I could not have known less about starting a business. In preparation, however, the thought process and (rather extensive) leg work to learn and understand what would be necessary were undertaken. Thus, I blundered forward with equal parts ignorance, naivete, and ambition—further supported by a generous amount of help, I was on my way.
At FringeNYC in Aug 2014 "The Bloodline of Shadrick Grace"
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“I’ve been trying to write something. Anything really. But I’ve been a little blocked. Of course part of writing is not writing. We all know that, even if we forget it sometimes. But when it’s pouring out of you nothing feels better. Like, I was thinking, what do I want out of life? I was thinking about how small our existence is, you know, we live for a while and then we stop. We are the stars of our own play but there are billions of plays. And I thought if I could have one thing it wouldn’t be love or money, it would just be another work of art that I felt strongly about. And when I was finished with that I would make the same wish over again. And then I thought, How did it get like that?”—There are days when Stephen Elliott’s Daily Rumpus emails kind of floor me. Today was one of those days. (via thompsonted)