During these uncertain times, we need to thilnk through strategies to not only encourage and support our creative practice but also for mental and emotional support. A creative community can be the answer for both.
I define a creative community as more than just a creative membership organization, (which it can be), but a group of artists, writers, or other creative people who may meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas, provide critique of work (if appropriate), share new work or ideas, socialize, celebrate wins and well create a sense of community. It may be organic as a group of friends or a writing pod or more formal like a membership organization. They may meet in person or online. They may be as many as three people or as large as hundreds or thousands. They may be formed around a specific creative practice or may include people with multiple passions and interests. They may be formal or informal, but they serve as resource and support to members and their creativityi.
With life being more intense than ever, a creative community has many advantages to creative people...here's a few:
Are you a member of a creative community? If not, have you considered forming one?