By Tyler

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we take the theater outside of the theater—how we move it, so to speak, or how it travels—and oppositely, how we invite the outside world in, in such a way that informs the theater (whatever “the theater” is) itself. Additionally, I’m perpetually thinking about space, home, art—and the flexibility and transformative potential of these things. I am particularly attracted to the ways we can launch projects into the middle of community, to address real need. What is the potential of art as shelter, as community center? As meeting, convening, organizing space. And oppositely, home as art space, house as art installation space. Row Houses makes an excellent proposal for this. The viewing of art as space of reconceptualization, and a host of transformative community and definitions of neighbor and hospitality. Reconsidering what it means for art product to be public good. How do I build an alliance, and cohesion, between the work of art-making and putting yourself on the line? I want to avoid work that talks about the world but yet fails to step into it.  work of putting yourself on the line.

I am also attracted to this idea of space as a container, revitalizing space, casting ourselves on our walls, creating our homes—reimagining what spaces of poverty look like, reclaiming the architecture of poor neighborhoods. In many ways, our social environment suggests our worth. In many ways, what we see around us suggests the extent of our possibility. How can we alter this to include maximal possibility? Row Houses also stands as inspiration on this front as well. In offering programs for youth education and neighborhood history preservation, their work affirms what is great about their people.

I think it’s also critical to foster more creative minds and creative strategy in low-income neighborhoods—which is seen in Row House’s example of increasing the visibility/training of black artists. It’s critical to make work that centers our experience, to make projects that confront our needs. It is the urgency of artists making work now, in the present moment. I am inspired by building projects of place that undermine oppression,

Problem solving in spaces of poverty. Social design. I believe this is my passion.  Home is my passion as well. Spaces that call folks together, in one room. Creative strategy and restoration. I am drawn to places and people that go neglected. I am drawn to things we write off. I desire to be a part of ushering something back to its original glory, bringing things to life. I think this is my central calling.

 

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