It Started As An Idea
My name is Jordan, and I am just a guy working in the corporate world. I get up, go to work, sit at a desk, go home and repeat. The only creative decision I make in my day is what to buy for lunch.
What separates us from animals is our ability to create. We can create tools. We can create clothing, television, and wine! Most importantly, we can create art. But so many of us don’t.
Somewhere along the way, we separated creativity from our daily lives. Art has become a luxury that too many people don’t think they can afford. Last year, government funding for the arts at the state level was reduced by 6%, and even worse, reduced by 8% at both the local and national levels. This is surprising, considering that countless studies have shown that art education has a positive impact on cognitive development, academic performance, and workplace creativity.
I have been lucky enough to teach a few painting classes at Arts N Spirits in Chicago. Most of the artists that take these classes are not professionals. They are people who rarely have the chance to be creative, not because they don’t want to, but because they are not encouraged to express their creativity or the resources to do so are not readily available. Why buy a set of paints if you were never taught to paint?
After each class my students left with smiles on their faces and artwork they created. Their creativity found expression. And just like that it hit me – the world would be a better place if everybody could express their creativity. Make art not war, right? Okay that might be a little too idealistic, but the point is, someone needs to bring creativity back to the masses.
Armed with this realization, I am volunteering to be that person. In July, I am moving to New Orleans, Louisiana. I am going to leave the corporate world behind to start Project Create, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people back to their creative centers.
This blog is a (semi) transparent look into the creation and life of a nonprofit organization. This is where Project Create’s story begins. Here I will share with you my journey from zero to (hopefully!) hero. I will keep you updated on the development of Project Create as it grows from just another day-dreamed idea into reality.
So join me in this adventure. Experience the highs and lows of starting a company and enjoy. And if nothing else, I hope you are inspired to create something.
If you are interested in becoming a part of Project Create, or you have any suggestions, please leave a comment.