A word from our founder.
Did you know that this whole thing basically began with me returning a favor? I toured solo a lot between 2006 and 2013, and if I learned anything in those years, it's that you can't do it alone. No matter what "it" is, I guess. For me, "it" was traveling across the country, playing music for people in bars, coffee shops, restaurants, churches, theaters, college campuses, day care centers, vintage furniture stores, parks, and living rooms. You absolutely need the help of friends and strangers alike to realize this mission. One such stranger who soon became a friend was a jovial, bearded Alabamian named Doc Dailey. Doc helped me out more than a few times in the Muscle Shoals region of northwestern Alabama. In 2011 he finally gave me a chance to return the favor, and the result was the very first Artsville House Concert.
When I left Texas in 2008, none of this was even a twinkle in my eye. Now it might as well be another limb on my body. Or my child. Whatever the metaphor, Artsville is something I love and feel so grateful for--proud of and humbled by all at the same time. My new dream is to see Artsville serve multiple communities across the U.S.--even the world--and I feel like what we're working on for this Friday night is a step in that direction.
Susan Enan, a true veteran and connoisseur of house concerts, is christening the debut of Artsville House Concerts NY. I can hardly believe this even as I type the sentence. But I've long held a belief that the principles that we've begun to uncover through our work in Hartsville would hold up in any community that we were fortunate enough to serve. People are people, right? I feel like this upcoming season will be a testing ground. If Bridges, our first stab at a NY based Artsville concert series, can be an indicator, then we may be onto something.
One of the principles that we think we've found is that people everywhere are hungry for intimacy. Many are also afraid, which is understandable. Intimacy requires vulnerability, exposure. And if intimacy happens, you will be found out. But that's the point, right? So many of the technologies and platforms that are purported to bring about true intimacy endorse instead disguises, deception, and anonymity. They say they connect, but they often drive apart.
This is why we do what we do. We try our best to set up environments where it's just kinda easy to collectively engage with art. Shared experiences breed intimacy. And we believe intimacy is the avenue to understanding. You gotta be honest with yourself before you can really be honest with others. And you thought these were just concerts.
I think I've gone deep enough for one blog post. It's just that we want to be about the work of true intimacy, community, and creativity. We want to grow, and we want our people to grow. And growth is change. You know a pretty good way to change, right?
Try new things.
Someone should put that on a sticker ;)
Thanks for reading,